UNODC organizes a first training on economic and financial crime for the G5 Sahel, in Mali

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Over the last few years, economic and financial crime has thrived and has succeeded in evolving from a simple subsistence delinquency to a means of large-scale illicit enrichment for some individuals, and of funding for certain terrorist groups.

As part of its programme to support the operationalization of the G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform (in French "Plateforme de Coopération en matière de Sécurité" - PCMS), UNODC organized a training workshop on economic and financial crime in Bamako from 25 to 28 April 2017.

This training has targeted specialized services, including the Economic and Financial Brigade (BEF), the Special Investigation Brigade on combating terrorism and transnational organized crime (BIS) and the Judicial Investigation Service (SIJ) of the Gendarmerie Nationale. Police officers and gendarmes in more general services as well as personnel from the judiciary attended the training. A total of 18 participants took part in this course, which will be replicated in the four other G5 Sahel Member States (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger).

From left to right, Mr. Chérif Hamidou Ba, Inspector General Moro Diakité, Commander Bassékou Berthe, during the opening ceremony
From left to right, Mr. Chérif Hamidou Ba, Inspector General Moro Diakité, Commander Bassékou Berthe, during the opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of this training took place under the chairmanship of the G5 Sahel focal point in Mali, Mr. Chérif Hamidou Ba, the national coordinator of the PCMS in Mali, Inspector General Moro Diakité, and the Head of the economic and financial brigade, the Commander Mr. Bassékou Berthe.

Fighting against economic and financial crime poses difficulties at the levels of:

  • The individuals involved, whose profiles differ significantly from those of offenders involved in "ordinary" crime.
  • The means used, which are characterized by the use of new communication and information technologies and other sophisticated means of fraud and forgery.

These difficulties are also reflected in the procedures to follow for the identification and recovery of criminal assets and in administration of the gathered evidence.

To cope with this complexity, UNODC training has combined theoretical courses on the different types of economic and financial offenses that exist, and their relationship in respect to criminal offenses for instance, as well as on the specificities of financial investigations. The aim was to strengthen trainees' knowledge in this field, both from a theoretical and practical standpoint, and to harmonize the techniques of investigation used within the framework of the PCMS.

This training is part of the support programme presented by UNODC in January 2017 to the Security Ministers of the G5 Sahel States. The programme aims to improve the operational capacities and levels of information exchange between the members of the G5 Sahel, to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime. This support is provided through the Sahel Programme, UNODC's Contribution to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS).