Posted by: APO | 22 July 2010

Minister Jeff Radebe to open inaugural general meeting of Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa

 

Minister Jeff Radebe to open inaugural general meeting of Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa

 

PRETORIA, South Africa, July 22, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In today’s ever increasing globally connected world, the crimes of corruption, money laundering and drug trafficking often routinely cross national borders and require greater levels of cooperation between nations to overcome. To facilitate this critical need for cooperation and action, the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa (ARINSA) was founded in 2009. The Network brings together prosecutors and investigators from 9 African countries to improve the tracing and confiscation of the proceeds of crime, particularly those associated with corruption, and has membership from Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

 

On 26 July 2010, ARINSA will hold its first annual general meeting in Pretoria, South Africa. Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe is set to open this meeting of asset confiscation specialists and members of the media are invited to attend the opening session. At the June 2010 UNODC/World Bank Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative (StAR) Global Forum on Stolen Asset Recovery held in Paris, Minister Radebe noted the efforts of ARINSA within the Southern African region and supported the need to increase the capacity of prosecutors and investigators to pursue the corrupt and the proceeds of corruption.

 

The ARINSA meeting will also be addressed by representatives of the World Bank, the International Centre for Asset Recovery, and the Guernsey Crown Advocates Department.

 

Supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), ARINSA encourages collaboration through its network of contact points through putting prosecutors and investigators in touch with counterparts in member countries or with colleagues in the 35 countries that are part of the Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN), with which ARINSA is associated.

 

Media representatives are invited to attend the opening session of the ARINSA meeting which is to take place at 9h00 on 26 July 2010 at the Protea Hotel Manor, Cnr. Burnett and Festival Streets, Hatfield, Pretoria.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


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