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ARINSA attends The Regional Asset Recovery Networks Meeting at The Hague

 
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ARINSA attends The Regional Asset Recovery Networks Meeting at The Hague
by Kudzai Chinoda - Friday, 20 October 2017, 1:20 PM
 

ARINSA attends The Regional Asset Recovery Networks Meeting at The Hague


On the 31st August to the 1st September 2017 the ARINSA presidency attended the Regional Asset Recovery Networks Meeting hosted by the CARIN Secretariat, Europol Criminal Asset Bureau(ECAB) at the Hague, Europol HQ, Roberts, Netherlands. Present at the meeting was representatives from the Regional Asset Recovery Networks of ARIN-AP, ARIN-EA, ARIN-SA, ARIN-WA, ARIN-CARIB, CARIN, RRAG, UNODC, EU Commission and UNICRI. The meeting started with an introduction and welcome address by Ms. Marcella van Berkel, from the CARIN Secretariat and a Specialist of the ECAB Financial Intelligence. This was followed by the opening address by Mr Simon Riondet, the Business Manager, Europol Financial Intelligence and a brief introduction of the participants. The keynote address was delivered by Mr. Sebastaino Tine of the EU Commission where he gave a brief overview on providing effective international law enforcement and judicial cooperation in the field of asset recovery. He went on to discuss the EU Commission initiatives in identifying beneficial ownership and how it was being developed across member states, how the information was shared amongst law enforcement and the challenges faced by some member states in having central places of registration or enforcement around the legislative framework regarding beneficial ownership. Presentations were made by the UNODC represented by our Special Adviser, ARIN-SA, Mr. Fitzroy Drayton and UNICRI represented by Mr. Ludovic d’Hoore who also touched on the relevance of International Criminal Court and the ways and means by which it could also enforce asset recovery through the assistance of the Regional Networks. Thereafter all the Regional networks represented by their Presidents gave updates on their recent AGMs including upcoming events, new members and observers, challenges faced, capacity building and discussion on workshops on funding. Specifically about ARINSA mention was made of the then three(3) new members being the Seychelles, Mozambique and Madagascar, capacity building and training, carried out and ongoing around, cyber security, beneficial  ownership, wildlife rangers on basic financial investigation(pilot), judicial training, prosecutor placement and training in terrorist financing and recruitment of terrorists(understanding how terrorists recruit). Mention was also made of the excess amount of $17million dollars made in recoveries from beginning of 2017(value of recovered assets) in ARINSA, developments in electing the presidency and holding the AGM, following the presidency, in Gaborone, Botswana on the 6&7 June 2017 and most importantly the theme of the  AGM, which was “Developing Strategies on Asset Management”. The theme of our AGM set the tone for discussion of one of the hot topics which followed the Networks’ presentations. Otherwise the hot topics for discussion were asset management, secure information exchange, website, webinars/trainings, financial investigations, EPE/FCIC space, questionnaires and recommendations. The meeting then came to a successful close not to forget to mention the self-sponsored dinner which was held the previous night-a true night out at the Hague.




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