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The Regional Conference on “The Way Forward to Counter the Illicit Financial Proceeds of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants: Priorities and Challenges” | Information

News article | 04-09-2022 | 12:00

The Regional Conference on “The Way Forward to Counter the Illicit Financial Proceeds of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants: Priorities and Challenges” starts today in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt – September 4, 2022

The Regional Conference on “The Way Forward to Counter the Illicit Financial Proceeds of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants: Priorities and Challenges” starts today in Sharm el-Sheikh. The Conference is organized by the Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with the Egyptian Anti-Money Laundering Unit of money and the financing of terrorism and with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. . The conference brings together more than 70 representatives from relevant law enforcement, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), prosecution, justice and financial sectors from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as experts and guest speakers from the region and international organizations. The Conference will take place from 4e at 6e from September 2022.

Judge Ahmed Said Khalil, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Egypt’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Unit, said at the opening of the conference that “trafficking in persons and smuggling migrants are among the most serious crimes perpetrated by organized criminal groups. These groups receive financial proceeds as a result of these crimes, the value of which varies depending on the state to which the people are smuggled or the related offence. There are many forms of human trafficking, there is child and human trafficking for the purpose of forced marriage, human trafficking for the purpose of forced labor and human trafficking for the purpose of organ removal. It should be noted that human trafficking is one of the most profitable organized crimes, with its activities generating substantial profits of several billion dollars; thus, criminals always hide these profits, misusing bank accounts, setting up front companies, buying real estate, precious metals and luxury cars; and other means.

“The crimes of human trafficking and migrant smuggling are among the most lucrative crimes, generating billions in illicit financial proceeds each year. Therefore, the main objective of this regional conference is to bring together key stakeholders from different fields including Financial Intelligence Units, Judiciary, Prosecution, Law Enforcement and National Committees, as well as banks and financial institutions, to enhance collaboration and information sharing – to effectively address these issues. crimes,” said Cristina Albertin, UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa.

For his part, HEM Han-Maurits Schaapveld, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Egypt, affirmed that “We are happy to cooperate with Egypt, Algeria and Morocco within the framework of this project which started in 2019. Concerted Efforts reflects the commitment of the three countries to combat the phenomenon of human trafficking and migrant smuggling. We have seen the formation of a large number of specialist practitioners from various entities in different jurisdictions and on multiple subjects. These trainings not only develop the tactical abilities of officials, but also raise the level of awareness of companies on the importance of dealing with these two crimes and the associated money laundering.

The Regional Conference is held within the framework of the project “Strengthening Financial Investigation Capacity to Combat Money Laundering Resulting from Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (TIP/SOM)”, which is funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The three days will include hands-on exchanges of knowledge and expertise and sessions on the importance of financial investigations as a powerful investigative lead in human trafficking and migrant smuggling cases. They will also discuss the value of the collective efforts of different agencies in financial investigation and insight into new and emerging payment methods and technologies. These deliberations will result in a set of recommendations that will support relevant actions by participating Member States in the future.

For more information, please contact:

UNODC ROMENA

M/s. Nermine Abdelhamid
Communication and visibility officer

Email: [email protected]

Dutch Embassy in Egypt

M/s. Sally Barsoum
Public diplomacy officer

Email: [email protected]