In partnership with the Ugandan Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) and the Government of the Netherlands, the Global Center hosted a three-day training course on the effective implementation of financial sanctions and asset freezing measures in Uganda. H.E. Ambassador Alphons Hennekens of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Hon. Ms. Rose Akol Akullo, Minister of Internal Affairs, Uganda, provided opening remarks to launch the workshop and stressed the importance of these measures in curbing terrorist financing and illicit financial flows.

The meeting was co-facilitated by the expertise of Ms. Anagha Joshi, former Director of the Anti-Money Laundering Assistance Team under the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, and Ms. Zenobia Barry, Deputy Director of the Legal, Policy and Enforcement Division in the Namibian Financial Intelligence Center. The training sessions focused on international sanctions and asset freezing obligations, related Ugandan legislative frameworks and regulations, international and domestic procedures for the designation of persons and entities, confiscation good practices, and due process requirements. The workshop also provided group exercises to help participants familiarize themselves with important guidelines for effectively carrying out the designation, asset freezing, communication, and review process, as well as mechanisms to strengthen inter-agency communication and collaboration.

The training seminar brought together government entities such as the FIA, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Bank of Uganda, Internal Security Organization, Ministry of Justice, the Office of the President, and the Uganda Police Force, along with the Ugandan Law Society and several of the largest Ugandan financial institutions including the Bank of Baroda, Bank of Africa, Citibank, Barclays, Centenary, Stanbic, and Orient among others. The training is part of a broader technical assistance project, supported by the Government of the Netherlands, to assist Uganda and Tanzania in strengthening anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism regimes.

For additional information about the workshop or this project, please contact Ms. Tracey Durner at tdurner@globalcenter.org.

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