International Forum on Asset Recovery and Money Laundering, Organised by the EU in collaberation with anti-corruption institutions
Accra, 4 December 2019 – The European Union through its Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP) and in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department, the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) organized an International Forum to discuss and strengthen international legal cooperation in criminal matters. The event is one of several events organized for Ghana’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Week (ACT) and was opened by the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Ms. Diana Acconcia, and CHRAJ Commissioner Mr. Joseph Whittal, with the keynote speech delivered by Hon. Gloria Akuffo, Attorney General of Ghana. Two Panel discussions followed the opening ceremony with the contributions from national and international experts and representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the West Africa Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors (WACAP) and INTERPOL. With an explicit focus on money laundering, recovery of assets, and mutual legal assistance, the forum seeks to address the increasingly international dimension of crime, corruption, and money laundering strengthening the international ties of institutions of the criminal justice sector in Ghana.
Recognizing the serious problem of corruption and the need for improved mechanisms to combat its devastating impact and facilitate the recovery of corruption proceeds, national institutions working in the criminal justice sector are increasingly reliant on Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) mechanisms to glean information from their foreign counterparts necessary to develop their investigations, particularly those involving international crime. In West Africa, States belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted in December 2011 the Bamako Declaration on Impunity, Justice and Human Rights in West Africa, agreeing to take specific action to promote mutual legal assistance networks among prosecutors in different countries and develop a regional strategy to facilitate prosecution of persons involved in transnational organized and serious crime.
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