Mali fights against the financing of terrorism and cash smuggling
The threat represented by transnational organized crime, terrorism, drug trafficking and other crime often seems overwhelming. Illicit networks are powerful and adaptable, and always seem one step ahead law enforcement authorities.
Financial funds and infrastructures are essential for the majority of criminal and terrorist networks to be effective. However, finances are not necessarily a critical capacity but can also represent a critical vulnerability.
To tackle this issue, the UNODC with support of the Cellule Nationale de Traitement des Informations Financières du Mali (CENTIF) and the participation of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), recently organized a workshop in financial disruption for terrorist networks in the city of Bamako, between 7 and 10 August 2017.
This workshop, funded by Canada, aimed to establish and maintain a network of experts who have a specialist understanding of how to disrupt terrorist networks by targeting their financial infrastructure. The objective was to learn methods to disrupt the financing of terrorist networks but also to identify potential next steps including critical information requirements, in relation to current terrorist networks in the region.
During the workshop, attended by 21 representatives of different law enforcement authorities, experts introduced the concepts and followed the structure set out in the UNODC financial disruption workbook. This work brings together Member States' good practices in order to maximize the effectiveness of financial disruptions against criminal and terrorist networks. After learning those concepts, participants applied them on a fictional scenario, describing the financial methods of a terrorist group. Though hypothetical, the scenario intended to reflect current threats in the region, and became more precise every day of the workshop in order to reflect the cycle of collection and analysis of operational intelligence.
Participants confirmed the paramount importance of this exercise as it allowed to exchange information on current regional threats and also reinforced future cooperation in the field of financial disruption of terrorist networks.
Developed by the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML), with the support of the CENTIF, the workshop was organized in cooperation with the MINUSMA in order to promote stability in the country and support the efforts against the counter financing of terrorism.