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Best Practices to Enhance Effectiveness of CFT Frameworks

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Session No.: CE 24.18

Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Date: September 22-26, 2024 (1 week)

Delivery Method: In-person Training

Primary Language: English

Interpretation Language: Arabic

    Target Audience

    Junior to mid-level government officials and policy-makers tasked with combatting the financing and terrorism activities, including financial intelligence, targeted financial sanctions, investigations, prosecution, and adjudication activities.

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    Participants are expected to have a degree in the fields of, law, criminology, economics, political sciences or, otherwise, experience in the field of combatting terrorism financing, which may include experience on financial intelligence, targeted financial sanctions, prosecutorial activities, and the judiciary. Basic knowledge of the UN frameworks related to CFT and Targeted Financial Sanctions is highly desirable. Having worked on CFT cases from financial intelligence, targeted financial sanctions, and enforcement with knowledge of legal drafting is also useful.

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    Course Description

    The course has an eminently practical focus, based on the findings of the IMF's publication  "Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Good Practices to Enhance Effectiveness" The course will be designed around the structure of the handbook, providing case scenarios based on real-life examples, and with a focus on teamwork and group efforts to reach out to well-thought solutions. The cases will mirror real-life challenges, including asymmetrical information, legal challenges, time constrains, investigative hurdles and the need for risk assessments to fully understand threats and vulnerabilities on CFT matters.
    The course will have six chapters:
    (1) Improving the understanding of terrorist financing risk
    (2) The role of the private sector in detecting and disrupting terrorist financing activities
    (3) The production and use of terrorist financing financial intelligence to counter terrorism and terrorist financing
    (4) Investigating, prosecuting, and sanctioning terrorist financiers
    (5) Terrorism-related targeted financial sanctions 
    (6) International cooperation in combating the financing of terrorism.

    There will be particular focus on chapters 3 to 6.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Assess the risks, threats and vulnerabilities in the context of CFT risk assessments, and their mitigation.
    • Identify pragmatic solutions for disrupting the financing of terrorism and terrorist organizations.
    • Identify the challenges experienced by the private sector in detecting and reporting suspicious related to terrorism financing and implementing TFS.
    • Understand how the gathering and dissemination of financial intelligence is at the center of CFT, and appreciate its strategic value when orienting counterterrorism operations.
    • Recognize and use the toolkit required to conduct investigations that can lead to effective prosecution of illicit actors and subject them to effective, proportionate and dissuasive actions.
    • Gain a strong understanding of how Terrorism-Related Targeted Financial Sanctions work, along with their international framework, and how to optimize their application and efficiency, along with the key areas for its effective implementation (e.g. 24 hours rule, time and domestication factors).
    • Gain understanding of the different legal instruments for the provision of international cooperation among agencies to jointly tackle terrorism financing.
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