The work of the regional conference on “Combating the financial proceeds of human trafficking and migrant smuggling: priorities and challenges” was opened on Sunday, September 4 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, at the initiative of of the United Nations Regional Office on Drugs and Crime for the Middle East and North Africa. For its part, Morocco is participating in this three-day seminar with a delegation made up of executives and officials from the Ministry of the Interior, the Public Ministry, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), the General Directorate of territorial surveillance (DGST), the Royal Gendarmerie and the National Intelligence Authority.
This conference, organized in partnership with the Egyptian Unit for the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will see the participation of 70 representatives of law enforcement, financial intelligence, public prosecutors, justice departments and financial institutions from Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Morocco, as well as experts and lecturers from various specialized regional and international organizations.
The event is part of the project funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands: “Capacity building of members of financial intelligence units, law enforcement agencies and public prosecutors in the field of financial analysis and the investigation of cases of migrant smuggling and human trafficking, as well as the fight against money laundering resulting from these crimes”.
The various sessions of the conference will highlight the importance of financial investigations as a key element in the fight against human trafficking and migrant smuggling, the value of joint efforts made by different parties in the financial investigation , as they will provide insight into the movement of funds and the new technologies used in transfers.
The speakers will focus on the efforts made in the field of the fight against crimes related to illegal immigration and human trafficking, the monitoring and prevention of laundering and the reinvestment of the financial products generated, as well as on the role financial institutions and non-governmental organizations in detecting suspicious financial transactions related to these crimes.
This event also aims to highlight the latest developments in the field of the fight against organized crime and to support the coordination between the authorities concerned in the analysis and financial investigations related to crimes of trafficking in human beings and migrant smuggling.