GIABA TO TRAIN JOURNALISTS ON REPORTING ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES
The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) will organise a three-day Regional Training Workshop on Investigative Reporting on Economic and Financial Crimes for Journalists from West African countries at the Hotel Royal Saly, Senegal, from Monday 18 December to Wednesday 21 December 2017.
The objective of the workshop is to: (i) train competent and experienced journalists who will have a general knowledge of Money Laundering (ML) and Terrorist Financing (TF) framework; (ii) assist participants to produce reports and articles/features of quality on Anti-Money Laundering (ML) and Counter Financing of Terrorist (AML/CFT) issues; and (iii) improve the network of journalists who will disseminate factual information on AML/CFT developments in West Africa.
Specifically, the workshop is to build strong alliance among media practitioners for effective dissemination of AML/CFT messages and to improve the network among journalists in promoting the implementation of effective AML/CFT regimes in the region.
The 3-day workshop, which is targeted at economic and financial issues reporters from ECOWAS Member States, is the 7th edition of such training on AML/CFT for media practitioners from ECOWAS Countries.
The decision to strengthen the capacity of media professionals in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing is justified by the fact that the media are an essential means to reach a wide audience about the deleterious effects of money laundering and terrorist financing.
The training will be facilitated by experienced and highly competent media experts on AML/CFT, including GIABA faculty through plenary sessions, case studies, experience-sharing and syndicate group sessions.
At the end of the seminar, it is expected that there would be an improvement in the implementation of effective AML/CFT measures in member States and better reporting on economic and financial crimes related matters.
GIABA is a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as Financial Action Task Force –Styled Regional Body (FSRB) responsible for combating the scourge of ML/TF in West Africa.
It was established by the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in the year 2000 with the mandate to protect the national economies and the financial systems of member States from abuse and the laundering of the proceeds of crimes.