CSOs in ECOWAS attending workshop on anti-money laundering, combating terrorism financing

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating within the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS)are attending a three-day workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and the Combating of Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT).

The event was to sensitise the participants to experiences and knowledge in tackling AML/CFT issues within the West African sub-region.

The event which is also to enhance the capacity of CSOs to take ownership of the fight

against money laundering and terrorism financing (ML/TF), is being organised by the Inter-Gov­ernment Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA).

Participants were drawn from Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Li­beria, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Niger, Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Mali, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Benin.

The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame,said that sub-re­gion was confronted with grave economic concern due to the raging issue of money laundering and financing of terrorism, which required constant attention.

He noted that money launder­ing and terrorism financing had dire consequences on the region’s foreign direct investments.

Mr Dame, who was represent­ed by a Deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Ms Diana Asonaba Dapaah, said most coun­tries in the region have established a comprehensive anti-money laun­dering regimes to fight AM/FT, and urged CSOs and stakeholders to help curb the canker.

The Director-General of GIA­BA, Mr Edwin Harris Jr, called for the protectionof national economies and financial systems of ECOWAS member states against money laundering, which affect political stability, democracy, economic development, prosperity, and health of citizens.

He said money laundering and the financing of terrorism was increasing linked to organised crimes, posing a growing threat to consumers, businesses and governments.


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