By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Chief Executive for the Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) was among civil society activists in West Africa for training on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing in Mali.
Abdul M. Fatoma make known his ideas during the event and proffered solutions on what needs to be done by governments in the West Africa sub-region to fight this menace.
Organized by the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) from September 25 to 27, the training sensitized CSOs on experiences and knowledge on AML/CFT issues within the sub-region. Mr. Fatoma told Concord Times that his capacity has been enhance and empowered to take ownership of the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.
He stated that CHRDI was recommended by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) because of their expertise in fighting corruption, which is financial crime and that money laundering and terrorist financing falls under corruption and financial crime.
“The essence of the training was to raise awareness around anti-money laundering issues and counter terrorist financing. Our capacity has been enhance to provide clear understanding to the state money laundering issues,” he said.
He noted the training has help capacity the work that they do because they were able to learn several things that can alert them on certain activities that can constitute money laundering and trigger investigations.
According to him at the end of the training, a communiqué was put together which speak to issues of governments in Africa developing laws to help fight anti-money laundering terrorist financing and the need for them to be serious about these issues because the product of it has made people not have access to basic services.
He disclosed that in collaboration with FIU, they intend organizing training for media practitioners and civil society organizations on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing issues and how to investigate them.
With regards their relationship with the FIU, Fatoma disclosed that as part of a Memorandum of Understanding, they will continue to provide and exchange mutual intelligent information and that assured of using the knowledge gain from the training to expand on their activities in country.
“We will be helping the unit to develop laws that can prevent anti-money laundering issues and do outreach on preventive measures,” he said.