Over 220 participants attended one of five regional trainings held in December 2013 to strengthen the awareness and skills of Ethiopian officials in addressing money laundering and financing of terrorism issues. These two-day regional trainings were hosted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and CGCC in Tigray region, Mekelle city; Amhara region, Bahir Dar city; Oromia region, Adama city; Debub region, Hawassa city; and Dire Dawa city. Participants included members of the regional Justice Offices, Police Offices, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia branches, Regional Revenue and Customs Offices, Supreme Courts, Higher Courts, and Regional Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commissions.
This suite of trainings built on an October 2013 train-the trainer session held in Addis Ababa by the MoJ in collaboration with CGCC to address criminal justice issues in AML/CFT cases following the adoption of the revised AML law (Proclamation 780/2013) by the Federal Parliamentary Assembly in January 2013. These regional trainings, conducted by Ethiopian trainers who had participated in the train-the-trainer course, were held in Amharic and English and were supported by the Government of Denmark as part of a larger Danish-supported package of assistance to Ethiopia focused on “Strengthening Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Capacities in Ethiopia.”
Trainings included expert presentations and actively engaged participants in group discussions, and case analysis designed to raise awareness of AML/CFT issues and strengthen the implementation of the AML/CFT Proclamation. In most regions, these trainings received further publicity through TV and radio interviews conducted by the participants.