WCO Regional Workshop on Anti-money Laundering and Terrorism Financing
12-15 March 2018, Sydney, Australia
The WCO Regional Workshop on Anti-money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing was held on 12-15 March 2018 in Sydney, Australia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan). The Workshop was organized in cooperation with the Australia Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) and the ROCB A/P. A total of 32 Customs officials representing 25 WCO A/P regional Member administrations participated in the Workshop and facilitators from the WCO Secretariat and the ABF respectively led the sessions. Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, also attended as one of the facilitators of the Workshop.
In the Workshop, initiatives and practices on anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing at the respective international, regional and national platforms were explained and discussed. In addition to the international initiatives, such as the WCO’s efforts and activities on the said area, representatives from the APG added explanations on its regional commitments to push forward implementation of the Financial Action Task Force’s Recommendations thereof. Regarding the national practices, speakers from agencies playing pivotal roles on anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing in Australia namely, the ABF, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Transaction Report and Analysis Center (AUSTRAC) added value by sharing their experiences. Furthermore, several participants were also invited to share their respective national practices in implementing international best practices. Panel discussions and practical exercises using hypothetical scenarios as well as site visits to the ABF facilities and Counter Terrorism Unit were also arranged.
The workshop provided a platform for establishing a network among the participants. The participants showed their appreciation to the Australia Department of Home Affairs and the ABF for the Workshop arrangement and their hospitality. They also thanked all the speakers, the WCO, the APG, the ROCB A/P, and the CCF/Japan for their contribution and support for the Workshop.
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