LEICA Completed Regional Training on Strategic Analysis to Prevent Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

Funded by European Union

Project Leica - LEICA Completed Regional Training on Strategic Analysis to Prevent Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

15. 10. 2021

LEICA Completed Regional Training on Strategic Analysis to Prevent Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

On 15 October 2021 the LEICA project, funded by the European Union, in close cooperation with UNODC and EAG concluded the five-days regional training on strategic analysis to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing with certificate awarding ceremony for 35 law enforcement officers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan representing National Security Agencies, Ministries of Interior, General Prosecutor’s Offices and Finance Monitoring Institutions.  The event was held in Guliston at the premises of the GPO Training Center generously proposed by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Tajikistan.  The training included a review of the legislative and regulatory measures and professional practices in the field of building the capacity of FIUs and law enforcement agencies aimed at strategic analysis related to identifying the risks and threats of terrorism and terrorist financing; development of the mechanism for the implementation of international targeted financial sanctions in relation to terrorism and terrorist financing; use of cryptocurrencies; protecting of NGOs from terrorist financing; use of a risk-based approach and intelligence-led policy by law enforcement agencies to clarify and investigate terrorist financing cases and prevention of money flow to illegal armed groups in Afghanistan.

Experts from EU, UNODC and EAG shared their experiences how to improve capacities of relevant institutions in strategic analyses to identifying risks and threats of terrorism financing. The training sessions were complemented with real-life examples and lessons learned, provided by the trainers and experts from the cases in which they personally participated, directly or indirectly, and the results obtained.

National speakers provided an overview of the legal tools applicable in their respective countries to combat terrorism financing and investigative procedures of such cases; access to financial information and use of modern technologies and techniques.

The LEICA’s key expert Valeriy Korotenko said: “This event managed to unite practitioners from three neighboring countries, enabling them to exchange their own experience and share knowledge of improving methods of combating terrorism through prevention of its financing not only in the classroom during training hours, but also in a less rigid and formal environment during the breaks and lunch time, which allowed friendly conversations to strike and new contacts to make. I want to express my sincere appreciation and deep gratitude to the Tajik participants, who warmly welcomed their colleagues from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and introduced them to the unique culture and traditions of the Hudzhand province.”

The Head of GPO’s International Cooperation Department Mr. Mahmudzoda Manuchehr expressed his appreciation to LEICA for managing to organize this live in-person event during these difficult times, that allowed the participants to share valuable and important practices, tools and experiences and to work out feasible and appropriate solutions for complicated interstate investigations.

The training is part of LEICA multi-year Working Plan to assist law enforcement agencies in combating terrorism in Central Asia.