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Inter Agency Task Force Kicks Off Multi Sectoral Training Of Trainers

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Following the inter agency framework signed by law enforcement agencies in January 2023, the NPA and the Attorney General’s Alliance – Africa Programme, have joined hands to conduct an in service training on financial crimes and asset recovery.

Inter-agency coordination is necessary to improve effectiveness and efficiency and avoid the duplication of work in investigation, prosecution and enhancing asset recovery efforts in Zambia. Consequently, the importance of building the capacity of all criminal justice stakeholders in crime prevention, investigation, prosecution, and asset recovery in order to disrupt criminal activities and syndicates cannot be over-emphasised. One of the focuses of the framework is therefore capacity building through ‘aggressive’ training.

The participants of the training, hailing from relevant government agencies, will be equipped with teaching skills to enable them share with colleagues in their respective institutions. The training also aims to ensure that the expertise learnt trickles down to provincial and district level. The training will focus on best practices in financial investigations, asset tracing and recovery, and wildlife crimes

In opening the training the DPP encouraged the trainees, stating

Topics related to asset tracing, prosecutor led investigations, financial investigations and combating terrorist financing, money laundering, cyber crimes, use of electronic evidence and have carefully been selected to form part of the course outline for this training. Practical case studies have also been included in order to help participants gain a practical know how of dealing with these issues. Participants are therefore urged to actively participate in the case studies and any other exercises to be given by the trainers.