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AKIPRESS.COM - An OSCE-supported five-day regional training seminar for some 30 law enforcement officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan on investigating financial crimes and recovering stolen assets began on July 31 in Astana, the OSCE said.
The officials will be trained by national and international experts from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States on how to investigate money laundering crimes, collect evidence, identify tax evasion and corruption schemes, conduct cross-border investigations, protect third-party rights and submit mutual legal requests to foreign jurisdictions for the recovery of repatriated assets.
The course aims to strengthen international cooperation in the field of investigating financial crimes and to familiarize officials from the region with best international practices in tracing, freezing and recovering stolen assets from abroad.
“For Kazakhstan, it is essential to have appropriate anti-money laundering legislation as well as specialists with skills in identifying, investigating and recovering stolen assets,”said Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Astana György Szabó.“The OSCE will further support Kazakhstan in enhancing its legal basis and building national capacity to meet the OSCE commitments in the area of good governance and comply with international standards.”
Nail Akhmetzakirov, Acting Head of the Law Enforcement Agencies Academy under the Prosecutor General’s Office of Kazakhstan, said: “The global threats to international security require the consolidation of forces and means as well as the strengthening of international co-operation and capacity building. Therefore we hope that the seminar will enhance participants’ professionalism and help them acquire the necessary skills in the fight against financial crimes, corruption and the transfer of illegally obtained assets abroad.”
The workshop is organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, the Prosecutor General's Office, the Academy of Law Enforcement Entities and the United States Embassy in Kazakhstan. Participants from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan were supported by the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan and the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, respectively.
The event builds on the OSCE Programme Office in Astana’s multi-year efforts to promote good governance and combat money laundering and terrorism financing.