Virtual currencies have quickly gained traction and acceptance during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This has provided new opportunities for criminals including money launderers, terrorist financiers and other criminals to launder their proceeds as most countries do not have efficient regulatory frameworks for virtual currencies.
It is essential to enhance the knowledge of law enforcement officers on the intricacies of virtual currencies and how to effectively identify, investigate and prosecute related crimes.
To facilitate capacity building, AGA-Africa Programme collaborated with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Malawi, on a highly informative three-day “Virtual Currency Investigations” workshop from 17th -19th May, 2022.
The workshop offered a platform for discussions that enhanced the participants’ knowledge on the nature and extent of virtual currency transactions while equipping them with the skills to identify, investigate and prosecute corruption cases related to virtual currencies.
The workshop was officially opened by Gift Chikwakwa, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Malawi with keynote addresses from Dan Mponda, Director of Investigations Anti-Corruption Bureau (Malawi), and Vincent Chipeta, Acting Director General, Financial Intelligence Authority, Malawi.
The workshop sessions were facilitated by subject matter experts: Prof, David C. Blake, General Counsel, Attorney General Alliance, Kyle E. N. George, First Assistant Attorney General for the State of Nevada and Executive Board of the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, Dr. Jean Phillipo-Priminta, Chief State Advocate, Ministry of Justice, Malawi, Beaunard Grobler, Open Source Information Specialist, Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) South Africa, Dr. Emomotimi John Agama, Managing Director , Nigerian Capital Market Institute, Sydney Gondwe, Africa Regional Manager, Crypto Gaming United Zambia, and Masautso Ebere, Compliance and Prevention Manager, Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA), Malawi.
The workshop was officially closed by Gift Chikwakwa, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Malawi after a vote of thanks from Dan Mponda, Director of Investigations Anti-Corruption Bureau (Malawi).