Foundations of Virtual Currency Investigation, Lusaka, Zambia.

AGA-Africa Programme Alliance Partnership in collaboration with the Judiciary of Zambia organized a one-day workshop on the Foundations of Virtual Currency Investigation, 11th April, 2019 at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia.

The aim of the workshop was to train the judiciary on current techniques  to combat the rise of the use of Virtual Currency. The workshop brought together 30 judges & magistrates.

The workshop was officially opened by Honorable Supreme Court Judge Evans Hamaundu on behalf of Her Ladyship Hon. Justice Irene C. Mambilima, the Chief Justice of The Republic of Zambia. In her remarks, the Chief Justice was delighted to welcome the AGA-Africa Programme team with special welcome to Markus Green, the AGA-Africa Programme Board member and the eminent team of facilitators to the day-long training.

“Our Judiciary’s Advisory Committee on Training and Continuing Professional Development recognizes the need for us as an institution to have and maintain well and diversely trained adjudicators who are equipped with the necessary skills, expertise and knowledge to handle highly complex and technical disputes in an effective and efficient manner.”

In his opening remarks, AGA Board Member, Mr. Markus Green ESQ, presented a brief history of AGA-Africa Programme and its partnership with the Republic of Zambia through the office of Attorney General in building capacity in law enforcement agencies, curbing transnational crimes, which includes fraud in cryptocurrency. He appealed to participants to use the expertise of the seasoned facilitators in the foundations of virtual currency and admission of electronic evidence.

David Tonini, Assistant US Attorney spoke on Virtual and Digital Currency. He pointed out that Bitcoin is the first decentralized digital currency. He gave an insightful presentation on the value, benefits and shortcomings of bitcoin.

“Virtual currencies can be obtained by mining or in exchange for products, services or other currencies.”

Andrea Surratt, US Attorney’s office, District of Colorado gave an insightful presentation on the Basics of Cryptography, a system that relies on two keys to send and receive transactions. She discussed the Bitcoin Wallet and trained participants on how to identify public keys, private keys and wallet addresses.

Judith Smith, Judge Denver County Court spoke on the Blockchain Technoogy. She discussed the blockchain path and how bitcoin transactions get verified before they are added to the blockchain. She clearly outlined the uses of the blockchain technology but noted that regardless of the benefits, the use of virtual currency in Zambia is prohibited.

“Cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in the republic of Zambia.”

In her closing speech read on her behalf by the Lady Justice Mugeni Siwale Mulenga, The Chief Justice of the Republic of Zambia, Her Ladyship Hon. Irene C. Mambilima, stressed that the support and collaboration which the Zambian Judiciary will benefit from CWAG AAP was invaluable and will go a long way in assisting the judiciary in the realization of its goals on training and continuing professional development of the adjudicators and other staff.

“I am so hopeful that today’s training workshop has marked the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between our judiciary and the Conference for Western Attorneys General – Africa Alliance Partnership’s Advisory Board not only on the subject of cybercrime but also on other equally important subjects such as human and wildlife trafficking and money laundering.”