Events in 2021
TOT Training for AG Prosecutors – March 2021
The Office of the Federal Attorney General was provided with training for 15 officials selected from several directorates. The training was intended to enable them to deliver training to their colleagues throughout Ethiopia on investigating and prosecuting money laundering and terrorist financing. The objective was to improve the capacity of the Attorney General’s Office to roll out training to new and experienced prosecutors, to sustain the progress being made by the project.
The training was delivered over four days from March 8-11, 2021. It gave trainees an insight into the money laundering and terrorist financing threats to Ethiopia, and covered the principles underlying current anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing measures. Practical aspects examined included the investigation of money laundering, the recovery of proceeds of crime and the challenges arising in activating cross-border cooperation.
The training was complemented by group practical case exercises and presentations.
Participants at the training venue in February 2021
Media and Communication Training – February 2021
The Tana project is assisting the AML/CFT competent authorities in Ethiopia to improve general awareness of money laundering (ML), the financing of terrorism (FT) and illicit financial flows (IFFs) through public information and education. To this end, Matt Freear, an international expert on communications based in Copenhagen, Denmark was requested to work with communications directorates at the AG’s Office, the EFIC, the FEACC and the Federal Police Commission. He also carried out an analysis of media reporting on ML, FT and IFFs in Ethiopia and in the Ethiopian diaspora media in the last three years. Based on the findings of the analysis and the consultations with the competent authorities, Tana convened a training workshop for government communication units and media experts from different institutions.
The workshop was held at the Harmony Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1st – 2nd February,2021. 29 participants from government communications units and private and government owned media attended the workshop. 16 of the participants were drawn from the AG’s Office, the EFIC, FEACC and the FPC .The other 13 were media practitioners from government owned media and the private media. The latter participated for the full first day , and up to lunch time on the 2nd day.
The project team facilitated the workshop, part of which was conducted virtually through presentations by Matt Freear (from Copenhagen ) and John Allan Namu (a media consultant from Kenya) and the Tana project team leader Charles Goredema (from Cape Town). Mr. Biniam Sheferawu from the Tana project team, Mr. Samson Tegene from the AG’s Office, and Ms. Abby Dinka from the FIC delivered their presentations in person in the first day sessions. On the second day after lunch Mr.Matt Freear made his presentation virtually for government communication experts.
What we currently are working on
Enhancing transparency of the Beneficial Ownership and control of legal entities
The Tana team is assisting the Ethiopian authorities to develop a framework to be used in the disclosure and capture of data on the Beneficial Ownership of legal entities. Beneficial Ownership concerns the natural persons who ultimately own or control a legal entity or arrangement,such as a company, a trust, a foundation, etc (OECD, 2019). The aim of this work is to deter the abuse of legal entities to commit crime or to conceal dealings with proceeds of crime. It is also intended to assist financial intelligence analysts and financial crime investigators.
Supporting financial crime investigation and prosecution
The Tana team has developed a manual to guide Ethiopian anti-money laundering and other practitioners in the investigation of financial crimes. The manual complements the work on tracking criminal activities and criminal assets. It will be used in several regional training workshops for prosecutors that the project has scheduled for November 2020
Supporting the 2nd National Risk Assessment
The Tana team is providing technical support to the 2nd National Risk Assessment, being conducted by 17 government departments and agencies, under the management and coordination of the Ministry of Peace. The 2nd NRA was launched on 14thOctober 2020 in Addis Ababa.
Reviewing and updating of the AML/CFT legislation
The Tana team is supporting the review and updating of the current Ethiopian AML/CFT law in order to ensure that it is fully aligned with the FATF Recommendations and enhance its effectiveness. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an international body mandated to monitor and assist countries to increase the effectiveness of the international and national arrangements to counter money laundering and other forms of financial crime. It regularly reviews countries’ anti-money laundering laws and institutions and issues recommendations for improvements. Ethiopia has made progress against the FATF recommendations over recent years. This work is expected to run through the remainder of 2020.
Improving compliance supervision
The Tana team has assisted the FIC to develop standard operating procedures for Ethiopian compliance supervision authorities. It is developing guidelines to assist non-financial businesses and professions to comply with their AML/CFT obligations.
Improving public awareness of money laundering and terrorist financing
With the knowledge that the public has an important role in curbing money laundering and terrorist financing, the Tana team is working to improve the sharing of information on money laundering and terrorist financing between law enforcement and regulatory authorities and the public.
On-going and forthcoming support
The programme is helping the authorities to strengthen the transparency and disclosure of asset ownership (so-called beneficial ownership) as a means of pre-empting money laundering and/or financing of terrorism and to facilitate the investigation of economic crime and recovery of proceeds of crime.
The programme has been invited to contribute to the review and revision of Ethiopia’s AML legislation (Proclamation 780/2013) under the leadership of the EFIC. This will help to render it compliant with FATF’s Recommendations. The programme will support this process through three of its core team members.
The programme is supporting the public outreach activities of Ethiopia’s AML/CFT/IFF authorities through providing and knowledge management and information dissemination expertise.
The programme is working with the EFIC to produce a secure, updated and searchable database to house data on the beneficial ownership of corporate and other legal entities in Ethiopia. The database is expected to assist reporting institutions to comply with their AML/CFT due diligence obligations.
Capacity support will be given to the Directorate on Asset Recovery Training, in the AG’s Office. It will be in the form of advice on strategic planning, training and mentorship. Some of the capacity support will be delivered online.
Capacity support in compliance supervision will be provided to regulatory authorities (supervisory bodies) through the development of standard operating procedures and compliance guidelines. The supervisory bodies will be trained to use the guidelines.