The Global Center held a training on economic crime and multiagency cooperation, and participants included representatives from the Ethiopian Financial Intelligence Center, Ministry of Justice, Federal Police Commission, Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, National Bank of Ethiopia, Charity and Societies Agency, and the Document Authentication and Registration Office.

The three-day training was facilitated by Mr. Jens Madsen, former Director at the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic Crime (SØIK) in Denmark, and Mr. Jens Kauffeld Andreasen, Detective Chief Superintendent of SØIK. Ato Gemechu Weyuma Lulesa, Director General of the Financial Intelligence Center, provided closing remarks and highlighted the importance of continued training and interagency cooperation efforts to effectively counter money laundering and terrorist financing in Ethiopia.

During the training, facilitators discussed various forms of economic crime including fraud and corruption, asset recovery and confiscation, and mutual legal assistance within the context of the Ethiopian anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism regime. Participants were actively engaged throughout the training, and partook in interactive case studies to identify the processes for addressing economic crimes within the Ethiopian context and discussed steps needed to ensure effective interagency collaboration. Feedback from training evaluations indicated that participants felt they had greatly enhanced their level of understanding related to these topics, and would be able to utilize this information in their current positions.

This workshop 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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