The regional workshop was jointly hosted by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and organized by the Global Center, with support from the governments of Australia and the United States. The workshop focused on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) and was a follow-on to nine previous workshops hosted on a biannual basis in different South Asian countries at which participants indicated the need to examine in further detail areas of mutual interest relating to counterterrorism. The overall purpose of the workshop was to enhance the counterterrorism capacities and improve cooperation among law enforcement personnel in the region. Participants included experts from the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, resource persons from UN member states and relevant international agencies, and observers from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Participants were divided among three separate working group sessions for judges, prosecutors, and police officers to examine issues around the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of AML/CFT cases.
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