21-25 January 2019, Kashiwa, Japan
The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and 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. This was delivered through 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, 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, the introduction of 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 consider further ways to enhance their enforcement and investigation capabilities.
Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, delivered a presentation on the regional capacity building assistance approaches for optimizing the effects of the regional workshops. He also shared examples of post-workshop follow-up actions taken by the participants to the afore-mentioned regional workshop to stress the need for institutionalizing the lessons learned. In the course of the Workshop, thanks to a kind coordination provided 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. The aim of the visit was to observe their practices on countering gold smuggling and some of the detection/analytical equipment utilized for daily operations.
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