The story of José Velásquez, former student of the Public Finance Management Diploma of our SECO-funded Subnational Public Finance Management Programme in Peru, offers an insight into how smart initiatives to build capacity among public servants can have a real impact. José has won a scholarship to continue his studies at the University of Chile. He plans to return afterwards to his home country in order to apply his new skills and knowledge to improve public financial management processes in Peru.

We have just published our 28th Working Paper on a topic that is concerning AML, FinTech and RegTech professionals, finance professionals and law enforcement agencies worldwide - as well as ordinary citizens who wish to take advantage of new payment methods.

The topic? Regulating cryptocurrencies: challenges and considerations.

The Director General of the Tanzanian Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Diwani Athumani, officiated the first group training on the intelligence process to PCCB Intelligence Officers.

The Intelligence Directorate is a new venture for the PCCB, following a recent restructure of the Bureau authorised by State House.

This training course, which took place from 2–3 April 2019, was conducted by Phill Jones, Senior Investigation and Asset Recovery Specialist at the International Centre for Asset Recovery

Prosecutors specialised in corruption and money laundering crimes in the city of Trujillo in northwestern Peru have benefited from training in “Asset recovery via the legal mechanism of non-conviction-based forfeiture”. This is one of several capacity building initiatives launched by our team in Peru this year as part of the Subnational PFM Programme of the Swiss SECO Cooperation.

Four members of Tanzania’s Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) have delivered three weeks of intensive training workshops to fellow PCCB staff. The trainers are PCCB officials who graduated from the “train the trainer” programme of the Basel Institute’s International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) in 2017.

When I and the other founding members of the Working Group on Cryptocurrencies and Money Laundering first started talking about blockchain and anti-money laundering/countering terrorist financing (AML/CFT) back in 2014, it was a tiny niche.

There was basically only one cryptocurrency around (Bitcoin), only one case of money laundering to discuss (Silk Road) and only 20 of us in a room at the University of Basel.