Representatives of the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) of Thailand and the Financial Intelligence Unit of Mauritius facilitated a three-day workshop for the leadership and staff of the Ethiopian Financial Intelligence Center (FIC). The workshop, entitled, “Standard Operating Procedures for Financial Intelligence” is part of a series of workshops and trainings being delivered through the CGCC project “Strengthening Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Capacities in Ethiopia.”
Following introductory remarks delivered by Mr. Gemechu Weyuma Lulesa, Director General of the FIC, Ambassador Stephan Schønemann of the Danish Embassy in Addis Ababa, and Ms. Liat Shetret, New York Office Director and Senior Analyst of CGCC, the workshop featured presentations by the expert trainers from Thailand and Mauritius, and included discussion sessions on the operational needs of the Ethiopian FIC. The workshop culminated in the drafting of a first iteration of the FIC’s SOPs related to intake and request, analysis and dissemination of financial intelligence. At the workshop’s close, participants reflected upon progress made during the program and discussed next steps for the continuation of the SOP drafting process.