WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

21-25 January 2019, Kashiwa, Japan


The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Japan Customs, organized the A/P Regional Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing on 21-25 January 2019 at the Japan Customs Training Institute in Kashiwa, Japan, under the financial support of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).  31 participants from 26 A/P regional Member administrations attended this Workshop.  In addition, there were 5 resource speakers from the WCO, Interpol, RILO A/P and the ROCB A/P joined this Workshop and led the respective sessions. 

This Workshop was organized to complement the previous Regional Workshop on the same subject, which was held in March 2018 in Sydney, Australia (please refer to http://www.rocb-ap.org/article-detail/397/), and to provide further opportunities to gain a comprehensive understating of the existing and recently developed tools and instruments, thus explore a concreate joint action to contend with the threats of bulk cash smuggling and terrorist financing being perpetrated in various forms. 

Accordingly, the Workshop program included, among other things, introduction of case examples of bulk cash smuggling and trade-based money laundering, crime scene management and evidence handling, Customs-Police cooperation, interview techniques, scenario-based practical exercises, as well as the participants’ presentations on their challenges and enforcement efforts.  Participants took part in these learning exercises and group discussions to share their national experiences and considered further way forward to enhance their enforcement and investigation capabilities. 

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, made a presentation on the regional capacity building assistance approaches for optimizing the effects of the regional workshops and shared exemplified post-workshop follow-up actions taken by the participants to the afore-mentioned regional workshop with a view to stressing the need for institutionalizing the lessons learned.  In the course of the Workshop, thanks to a kind coordination made by the host administration, the participants had a field-visit to the Narita Branch-Customs at the Narita International Airport, the biggest international airport in Japan, to observe their practices on countering gold smuggling and some of the detection/analytical equipment utilized for daily operations.   


For more information, please write to us at rocb@rocbap.org.







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