Fifteen staff members from Ethiopia’s Financial Intelligence Center (FIC) participated in a workshop on advanced development of standard operating procedures for financial intelligence in Addis Ababa.

The workshop included presentations by Mr. Dev Bikoo, Director General of the Mauritius Financial Intelligence Unit, on best practices for standard operating procedures in the areas of intake and receipt, advanced data analysis and information technology, and dissemination practices.

Ato Gemechu Weyuma Lulesa, Director General of the FIC, provided welcoming remarks and highlighted the importance of standard operating procedures to enhance and institutionalize the operational capacity of the FIC. Ms. Fetlework G/Egziabher Abrha, Deputy Director General of the FIC, served as co-facilitator and provided local insight to ensure that the best practices were adapted and tailored to the Ethiopian AML/CFT landscape.

Participants were actively engaged throughout the training, and feedback from training evaluations indicated that participants felt they had greatly enhanced their level of understanding related to these topics. Participants also indicated they felt the workshop was useful in advancing the development of the FIC’s standard operating procedures and the concepts they had learned would be utilized in their current positions.

This workshop, facilitated by the Global Center, was part of a larger 17-month capacity-building and technical assistance project supported by the Government of Denmark titled “Strengthening Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Capacities in Ethiopia."

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