Eighteen African countries, excluding South Africa, were represented at an Interpol workshop focussing on combatting corruption in Nairobi earlier this month.
Countries present at the 16th Interpol global programme on anti-corruption, financial crimes and asset recovery were Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.
About 60 senior investigators, judges and prosecutors shared experiences and best practices for investigating cases of corruption and recovering stolen assets.
Topics up for discussion included corruption and money laundering, practical guidelines for the tracing and recovery of stolen assets, international co-operation in corruption and asset recovery investigations, facilitating secure exchanges using Interpol policing capabilities and management of seized and recovered assets.
In his opening address Ndegwa Muhoro, director of Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation said: “Research has established a strong linkage between corruption and other forms of crime, especially organised crime. Investigations into crimes such as terrorism, poaching, trafficking in humans, arms and drugs, the trade in counterfeit goods and many others have revealed corruption as an enabler of these crimes.”
Anti-corruption and financial crime experts from Interpol, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Bank and national anti-corruption and prosecution agencies in the east African region shared their expertise during the training workshop.
Speaking to the participants, Denis Dressel, programme manager of the GIZ Good Governance Programme, said curbing illicit financial flows required strong international co-operation and concerted action by developed and developing countries in partnership with the private sector and civil society.