A two-day workshop in Khartoum titled “Combating Terrorism and Money Laundering” from 17 – 18 May to enhance the efficiency of the regular forces, judicial organs and central banks is underway.
Organized by the European Union (EU) and attended by a number of neighboring countries, the workshop seeks to examine terrorism rates and financiers and its impact on national security as well as the organised crime and the role of the private sector in the freezing of funds besides the support rendered from regional and international organisations.
Also attending are experts from the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), South Africa, France and Ethiopia.
Sudan’s Minister of Justice Under-Secretary Ahmed Abas Abdallah underscored the government is keen to combat money laundering and terrorism financing at its highest level.
Highlighting the danger and negative impact of this phenomena at the local, regional and international levels, the minister stressed that the government has supported terrorism financing and money laundering agencies, revealing they seek to implement an effective combat system.
The government has the political will and commitment to combat the two phenomena, he said adding Sudan seeks to implement international standards in this regard.
The representative of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Ahmed Ibrahim said they continued to cooperate with international institutions to combat terrorism financing and money laundering.
Sudan seeks to combat the two phenomena at all levels, saying they are to cooperate with the concerned EU and United Nations agencies, he said.
EU Pledges Support
The projects manager at the EU mission in Khartoum, Francesca Arato, who addressed the workshop Wednesday, said they are determined to support Sudan to meet the international standards to combat terrorism financing and money laundering.
She disclosed that an integrated program has been developed to provide € 6 million to face challenges of terrorism and money laundering in the Horn of Africa, saying that extremism has become a threat to all countries and peoples of the world.
Arato pointed that Sudan is qualified to receive assistance but it is required to develop laws to combat terrorism financing and money laundering, saying illegal money transfer poses a serious threat to the stability of all countries of the world.
Sudanese parliament adopted in June 2014 a law to combat money laundering and terrorism financing that contained articles related to consolidating investigations and financial intelligence which is the enforcement mechanism that receives notifications and information from financial institutions and other parties.
Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international agency on combating money laundering and terrorism financing, in 2015 removed Sudan from its blacklist, saying the east-African nation is no longer a threat to the integrity of the international financial system.