The Global Center implemented a certification program designed to strengthen financial investigative and prosecutorial capacities in countering illicit financial flows in Ethiopia. The series of trainings is being convened by the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Global Center, and is part of a broader technical assistance program supported by the government of Denmark to assist Ethiopia in strengthening its capacity to counter money laundering and illicit financial flows.

The training series focuses on developing investigative techniques for financial crimes and providing an overview of the domestic and international legal frameworks and institutions on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. The sessions focused on case studies, exercises, and discussion topics to assist investigators and prosecutors in Ethiopia lead criminal investigations on financial crimes.

The workshops were led by two experts from Dorwood Consultancy, Shaun McLeary and Neil Bennett, formerly of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit in New Scotland Yard. The experts have vast experience in designing and delivering domestic and overseas capacity-building programs on behalf of the United Kingdom Government.

Prosecutors and investigators from the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice and the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission attended a five-day course on the foundations of effective financial investigations on 23-27 May 2016. A second course focused on the use of financial information in developing investigations was held on 18-22 July 2016. The third course centered on understanding money flows through remitters and money value transfer services took place on 31 October - 4 November 2016. A fourth training concentrated on investigating terrorists organization and terrorism financing was held on 12-16 December 2016. The workshops were facilitated by Mr. Biniam Shiferaw Ayalew, Global Center consultant and former vice dean of Debre Markos Law School in Ethiopia.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Tracey Durner at tdurner@globalcenter.org.

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