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ORGANISED CRIME: WEST AFRICAN RESPONSE TO MONEY LAUNDERING AND THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM(OCWAR–M)



Source of funds: 11th EDF (CRIS ref: 2017/040-388)

Decision date: 11/12/2017 (FA Signature date: 27/02/2018)

EU Contribution: 6.75 MEUR

Implementation period: 2018 - 2022

Implementation modalities: PAGoDA with EU MS Agency (Expertise France)

Objectives:

Globally, the OCWAR programme supports regional initiatives to address the main threats to peace, security and

stability by strengthening coordination and cooperation in security; and by implementing programmes to deal

with other specific threats facing the region. OCWAR M concentrates specifically on enhancing cybersecurity

and combat cybercrime in the ECOWAS region.

Expected results:

· GIABA and ECOWAS Member States to adopt and effectively implement anti-money laudering and

counter-terrorism financing measures of acceptable international standards in order to improve the

regional operational capacity;

· Money laudering and terrorist financing risks are well understood by ECOWAS Member States and actions better coordinated domestically to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation;

· ECOWAS Member States are able to achieve high level of compliance and are implementing effective and robust Anti money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regimes in line with international standards;

· Domestic and international cooperation facilitating information sharing and the delivery of quality financial intelligence are improved as well as the capacity of competent authorities that pursue actions against criminals and their assets;

· GIABA's own operational capacity is better understood and managed by its officers and accepted by ECOWAS MS.

Main accomplishments:

· The OCWAR-M project completed its start-up phase on November 15, 2019 by convening the project steering committee organised during the GIABA plenary session, which validated the start-up report and adopted the project action plan, in the presence of all the national GIABA correspondents;

· Country profiles were elaborated based on mutual evaluation reports and national risk assessments, as well as on mission reports;



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