Project Title

Capacity Building Workshops on Designing Best Models on Prosecuting Corruption and Money Laundering Cases Using Financial Flow Tracking Techniques and Investigative Intelligence for Effective Conviction and Asset Recovery 

Project Year

2012   

Project Number

M SCE 01 2012A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Multi-Year 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

M SCE 01 2012A 

Project Title

Capacity Building Workshops on Designing Best Models on Prosecuting Corruption and Money Laundering Cases Using Financial Flow Tracking Techniques and Investigative Intelligence for Effective Conviction and Asset Recovery 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2012 

Project Session

Session 2 

Sponsoring Forum

Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts Working Group (ACTWG) 

Topics

Anti-Corruption 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG); Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group (IPEG) 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

ABAC, UNODC, World Bank

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chile; Thailand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Brunei Darussalam; China; Indonesia; Korea; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/10/2012 

Expected Completion Date

31/03/2015 

APEC Funding

430,300 

Co-funding Amount

124,000 

Co-funding Percentage

22.37% 

Total Project Value

554,300 

Project Proponent Name 1

Ms Marta Herrera Seguel 

Job Title 1

Director, Anticorruption Specialised Unit 

Organization 1

Public Prosecutor's Office 

Postal Address 1

General MacKenna 1369 PISO 2 

Telephone 1

56-2 9659561 

Fax 1

56-2 9659567 

Email 1

cortega@minpublico.cl 

Project Proponent Name 2

Mr Pongaek Vijitgool 

Job Title 2

Director, Bureau of International Affairs 

Organization 2

Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission 

Postal Address 2

361 Nonthaburi Rd, Thasai, Nonthaburi, 11000 Thailand 

Telephone 2

66-2 528 4930 

Fax 2

66-2 528 4930 

Email 2

natthachaw@hotmail.com; noostop@hotmail.com 

Declaration

Ms Marta Herrera Seguel and Mr Pongaek Vijitgool 

Project Summary

This project intends to develop and publish a handbook of best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, with a view towards facilitating case cooperation and increasing the enforcement of economies’ anti-corruption commitments through the use of financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence.  This project—as well as the process through which the handbook will be developed—will help APEC economies increase their effectiveness in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases.  The handbook will focus on the effective uses of financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence and may also serve as a foundation for developing an anti-corruption-focused financial intelligence unit among APEC member economies.

This handbook will be developed based on the best practices of both APEC and non-APEC economies and will be consistent with the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

To this end, this project proposes holding at least 2 workshops (one in Chile and one in Thailand), where APEC economies will be invited to share their respective experiences in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, identifying best practices and common challenges.  APEC economies will be encouraged to send practitioners—including attorneys, investigators, police and other law enforcement officials—as well as policy-makers, in order to meet counterparts from other economies and develop a network of relationships to facilitate both formal and informal cooperation. Furthermore, these workshops will provide a forum and foundation to discuss potentially creating an anti-corruption-focused financial intelligence unit among APEC member economies. Experts from non-APEC economies and international organizations will also be invited to attend the workshops and share from their experiences in order to familiarize participants with various approaches in utilizing financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence.

After the workshops, best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, will be captured in the form of a handbook and will be distributed to all participants, both in print and on a CD. This handbook will be a valuable reference for both practitioners and policymakers and may also assist economies in adopting helpful domestic legislation. By reflecting realities and cultures from across the Asia-Pacific region, this handbook will also promote greater understanding and integration among APEC economies.

Relevance

This project will contribute to the economic integration of APEC economies as it is being co-organized by Thailand and Chile and will facilitate both informal and formal cooperation on cases. Furthermore, it will help achieve the ACT’s goal of Promoting Sustainable Growth & Enhancing Human Security: Combating money laundering, illicit trade, and dismantling illicit networks,” as outlined in the ACT’s medium-term plan. 

This project will be the first APEC project to conclude with a study of different realities, packaged in a handbook that can provide guidance on best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, by effectively using a variety of financial and investigative intelligence techniques, with a view towards seizing and forfeiting illicitly acquired assets. As discussed above, this handbook will concretely and permanently capture the knowledge gained from the workshops and will benefit not only ACT members but also other interested parties.

In addition, this project will develop networks of practitioners, including attorneys, investigators, police and other law enforcement officials, and provide a forum and a foundation to potentially create an anti-corruption-focused financial intelligence unit among APEC member economies.

The proposed project is therefore in line with both the ACT’s Medium Term Workplan (2010-2015) to promote capacity building activities in key areas such as financial investigation/international asset recovery techniques and anti-money laundering mechanisms.  In addition, as mentioned above, this project will provide an opportunity for networking among practitioners and policy-makers from the Asia-Pacific region.  Furthermore, an expected outcome of this project is the strengthening of conditions—namely, good governance and institutional integrity—that will promote free trade and economic integration among APEC member economies.

Objectives

a)   To promote integration among member economies and maximize mutual legal assistance in corruption and money laundering cases;

b)   To raise awareness of best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering among APEC and non-APEC economies, equipping economies to adopt best practices in accordance with their domestic legislation, especially those regarding financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence;

c)   To publish a handbook with different methods of investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering cases, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, highlighting best practices and illustrating with case studies.

d)
To establish a regional criminal intelligence centre composed of a network of information-sharing flaw enforcement officers and practitioners in the field of prosecution and criminalization of corruption and money laundering cases.  The regional criminal intelligence centre will complement and coordinate with other existing networks.

Multi-Year Approach

This project is structured to be developed over the course of at least two workshops, with the first to be held in Chile, the second in Thailand, and potentially a third to be held in another APEC economy. The first workshop in Chile will focus on prosecuting corruption and money laundering cases using financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence for effective prosecution. 

The second workshop in Thailand will build upon the knowledge gained during the first workshop and will focus on asset recovery.

These capacity-building workshops will focus on the importance of establishing a financial intelligence network in order to be more effective in combating corruption and transnational bribery/illicit trade/other transnational crimes. The workshops will also provide a forum to rigorously discuss the possibility of creating a network of anti-corruption-focused financial intelligence units among APEC members.

Throughout and after the workshops, a consultant will systematically analyze the knowledge shared and gained through the workshops, and will work with Chile and Thailand in drafting the handbook on best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money-laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases (see above for more information on the handbook).

A third workshop to be held as a side event at SOM I or III in China will provide a good opportunity for the experts and practitioners from APEC member economies to review the draft handbook and provide comments and suggestions before publication. Moreover, they will be able to exchange ideas on implementation, drawing upon experiences from actual cases. This step will further ensure the quality and applicability of the handbook, based on the lessons learned from practical application of the best practices shared in the first two workshops. The final text of the handbook will be published and distributed to member economies and other workshop participants, in accordance with the guidelines of the PO and sponsor economies.

TILF/ASF Justification

The main objective of this project is to help APEC economies increase their effectiveness in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering cases and in recovering illicitly acquired assets by sharing best practices among APEC and non-APEC member economies and promoting greater awareness and understanding of differences in economies’ legal and prosecutorial systems. Many economies have suffered from major corruption cases, stripped of their taxpayers’ money with very small chance of stolen assets being returned to their citizens. Many developing countries, in particular, lack a systematic and streamlined approach to investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering cases, making it almost impossible to pursue and recover stolen assets and illicit wealth.

With this Multi-Year Project, representatives from all APEC members including developing economies will be engaged in a number of ways.  During the pre-workshop stage, each economy will be asked to prepare a baseline document describing the criminal justice system and the procedures to prosecute corruption and money laundering cases. Economies may submit already existing documents where available. The information provided will be prepared for customised presentation in the first workshop to be held in Chile. The consultant will then systematically organize the information provided by participants at the workshop to prepare for the second workshop in Thailand, which will focus on best practices in pursuing stolen assets by using financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence.

A tangible outcome from this project will be the publication of a handbook that will be developed in consultation with workshop participants, then distributed to APEC economies and other economies and organizations involved in this project.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

The direct beneficiaries of this project are officials in national, regional and international agencies involved with the substantive issues. Not only will they benefit from the knowledge gained during the workshops, and the opportunities for professional networking which will enable them to make formal and informal legal requests, the handbook will be on hand to guide them with best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases. Substantive information derived from the workshop will also be made available in soft copies and electronic forms for future use.

To ensure that the beneficiaries use the handbook and that this will not turn into something that is never used, it is worth going back to the main objective of this project: to equip APEC economies with best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, especially regarding financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence. The key beneficiaries of this project directly handle cross-border corruption and money laundering cases. With the handbook, they will have a sound resource as of where to make first contact and which litigation process to choose from. This handbook intends to solve the ongoing problems facing the practitioners and law enforcement officers when it comes to international cases.

To further ensure that the handbook will not get lost in time, the means of having Multi-year Project instead of a standard APEC project will raise awareness among ACT, IPEG and HRDWG to include a session, dialogue or workshop attached to the future meetings during each SOM. This will be a chance to refer to the use of the handbook intersessionally. The dialogue regarding the use of this handbook will become a new agenda, not only within the ACT meetings, but also for each economy as well. Thailand and Chile are determined to set an example of how to use this handbook in international cases with regards to domestic regulations of the economies involved. With time, gradual policy changes should arise from the effectiveness and proven results arising from this project. In the long run, this project will help each economy achieve their goals set forth in the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), and promote APEC’s goals of promoting regional integration, sustainable growth and poverty reduction by means of prosecuting corruption cases, returning stolen assets, and promoting greater transparency.

To ensure that this project promotes positive change within APEC economies, the products from this project, both the handbook and the regional criminal intelligence centre, will equip economies to adopt best practices in accordance with their domestic legislation, especially those regarding financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence, with regional criminal intelligence focal point ready for streamlined multi-jurisdiction prosecution and asset recovery.

Dissemination

The target audience: national, regional and international agencies involved with the substantive issues.

The targeted beneficiaries will benefit from the great opportunity to gain experience of other experts and share their experiences in this anti-corruption/anti-money laundering field.

The form and content: List of participants/speakers, content details, abstracts and presentations, economy reports, summary report and relevant academic materials presented/used in the workshops: The project output from this workshop will be in a handbook formation that summarized the shared experience of APEC member economies, and the discussion of member economies with expert speakers invited to attend the workshop. The main output from this project is a handbook, to be distributed in print and on a CD to APEC economies and other bodies involved, in order to help them to adopt the best practices available, with regards to domestic legislation, in the prosecution corruption and money laundering cases. Experienced experts may also use/adapt this set of best practice as a useful reference or guideline in developing their training curricula on the topic of prosecution corruption and money laundering cases and asset recovery cases. Both participants and non-participants who are interested in understanding the processes involved in asset recovery will find the set of best practices highly informative and easy to follow. The report will be circulated among the workshop participants, and will also be presented at the APEC ACT meeting and at other relevant APEC fora. The organizers will also ensure that most, if not all, documents are uploaded on the APEC website for public use as appropriate.

Format: (hard/soft copies, Internet uploading): hard copies of workshop materials distributed during the workshops, soft copies in CD format and internet uploading thereafter. The workshop materials and CDs will comply with the APEC Publications Guidelines /Copyrights and the APEC Logo guidelines. Hard and electronic copies of all documents produced as part of this project will be provided to the Secretariat.

External communication plan:
a)       Brief the media about key components of the project: representatives of both local and regional media will be invited to attend the workshops and arranged press conferences.

b)       Promotion or other dissemination of the final product; the report will be uploaded to the APEC website.

Gender

Corruption and illicit trade affect all segments of society equally and, from the opposite perspective, it has been shown that an increased leadership role for women is associated with a reduction in transnational crimes like corruption. The organizers will actively encourage the active participation of women and endeavour to ensure that a substantial proportion of the experts invited are also women. One of the Project Proponents is a woman, while steps will be actively taken to seek the advice of women consultants and academics.  Thus a positive gender bias in the project’s oversight and planning shall be ensured. Moreover, the project organizing team comprises 3 women from Thailand, Chile, and the USA.

Work Plan

Tasks/Activities

Timeline

Involvement

Output

Workshop 1: Chile

1.    Hiring of consultant to systematize the information  and make a proposal of the final draft of the handbook 2.    Preparation of baseline document by participating economies/ gathering information from experts 3.    Drafting agenda and finalising workshop venue and related events 4.    Preparation of working material and logistical arrangement including invitation to participants

5.    First workshop in Chile

October 2012- January 2013




September- November 2012

December 2012-February 2013

March-April 2013

May 2013

§ Thailand and Chile together will circulate ToR of consultant among ACT members for consultation, comments and nominations. § Co-sponsors and co-organizers will be closely consulted on overall theme and sub-themes, work plan and division of responsibilities throughout all stages of the project to ensure that the workshop will adequately respond to and reflect the specific needs and requirements of participating economies and agencies § Inputs, regarding workshop theme and agenda, from HRDWG and IPEG will be taken into account § Members of ACT, IPEG and HRDWG will be invited to join this workshop;

§ Travel eligible economies are encouraged to participate in this workshop.

§ Consultant’s contract § Workshop agenda § Invitation letters § List of participants and contact information § Baseline documents § Workshop documents § Workshop summary report to be circulated and uploaded to APEC website § Compilation of
evaluation documents

§ Evaluation report

Interim Stage:

1.     Consultant systematically analyzes information from Workshop 1 into first part of the handbook. 2.     Material preparation for Workshop 2

3.     The project proponent team meeting to sum up key ideas and themes for the handbook and workshop 2

May-August 2013

September 2013

(during APEC SOM3)

§ Draft workshop material will be circulated for comments

§ Workshop documents

§ First part of handbook 

Workshop 2: Thailand

1.    Workshop theme finalization, speakers selection, NACC internal budget approval 2.     Drafting agenda and finalising workshop venue and related events 3.     Speakers invitation and confirmation 4.     Preparation of working material and logistical arrangement including invitation to participants

5.  Second workshop in Thailand

June - July 2013

August 2013

September 2013

September- October  2013

November 2013

§ Co-sponsors and co-organizers will be closely consulted on overall theme and sub-themes, work plan and division of responsibilities throughout all stages of the project to ensure that the workshop will adequately respond to and reflect the specific needs and requirements of participating economies and agencies-Input, regarding workshop theme and agenda, from HRDWG and IPEG will be taken into account. §  Members of ACT, IPEG and HRDWG will be invited to join this workshop.

§ Travel eligible economies are encouraged to participate in this workshop.

§ Invitation letters § List of participants and contact information § Workshop documents § Workshop summary report to be circulated and uploaded to APEC website § Compilation  of evaluation documents

§ Evaluation Report

Post-workshops Stage:

1.      Compilation of Workshop 2 summary 2.      Drafting the final version of the handbook 3.      Draft handbook circulation for comments 4.      Trial session of handbook using real cases from ACT members (Workshop 3)

5.      Dissemination of workshop summary materials: summary report and relevant academic materials presented/used in the workshop to be distributed in the forms of hard and soft copies and uploaded to APEC website

6.      Editing of handbook according to feedbacks from the Trial

7.      Final draft of handbook ready for publication

8.      Handbook pre-publication process: ToR and contracts

9.      Handbook publication

10.   Overall project evaluation

11.   The Launch of Handbook to APEC ACT and higher bodies

July-August 2014

September-November 2014

December 2014

February 2014

(during APEC SOM1)

March-April 2014

March- August 2014

September 2014

October- November 2014

December 2014-January 2015

January 2015

February 2015

(during SOM1) 

§ Thailand, Chile and co-sponsoring economies work closely together to ensure output is up to standard and effectively responds to the objectives of the project § Input from participating bodies will be taken into account throughout the drafting and finalizing of the handbook § Final version of handbook will be available to all parties involved, both in hard and soft version § Comments from active participants welcomes as input for overall project evaluation

§ The PO will seek consent from all APEC economies prior to publication of handbook.

§ Workshop summary report to be circulated and uploaded to APEC website § Handbook of Best Models in Prosecuting Corruption and Money Laundering Cases Using Financial Flow Tracking Techniques and Investigative Intelligence for Effective Conviction and Asset Recovery

§ Overall project evaluation

To ensure that economies contribute to the content of the handbook,,a small task force may be established to encourage maximum participation.  A Multi-Year Project team comprised of Thailand, Chile, the USA and Australia has already been established and this team could be tasked with this responsibility, as well. 

Regarding evaluation of these events, the main objective of this project is to provide best practices for APEC member economies for actual use. It is worth stressing that one of the main challenges for economies in prosecuting international corruption and money laundering cases is the lack of streamlined knowledge of about domestic legal and prosecutorial systems.  This project will help raise awareness about the existing tools and channels, making it clear how things should be done in relation to the stated process.  Moreover, this project will help illuminate areas where regulatory and policy changes may be necessary to cooperate on cases more effectively.

This project needs to be a Multi-Year project because of the time required to adequately research and developthe substance, including the information provided by the economies’ respective self-assessments for the UNCAC review mechanism and OECD Anti-Bribery Convention reviews where applicable, but also practical experiences from various economies.

In this regards, the first two workshops have been scheduled approximately 6 months apart, in order to ensure quality assessment and analysis from the contractor and team members. In addition, the various forms of criminal prosecution must be systematised in order to standardise the form and content of the handbook. With the result, the contractor and the team will then be able to proceed with the drafting of handbook, which will be distributed for comment and, moreover, use.  The handbook will then , be revised further in the third workshop based on lessons learned from the time of the first draft of the handbook.

These steps require at least three years, as originally proposed in the concept note. Given the scope and scale of this project, including cooperation among APEC members, it would not be possible to complete this project within the timeline for a standard project.

To clarify the use of generic language on corruption and money laundering cases raised by PMU, it is essential to state that the main focus of this project includes the best practices to investigate and prosecute corruption as a predicate crime for money laundering, which is the major channel to conceal and disguise the illicit origin of property and avoid the legal consequences of a crime.

This project aims to address the investigation of crimes, indicating special techniques and specific financial flow tracking tools with regards to domestic legislation. This project will promote gradual policy changes toward more streamlined multi-jurisdiction coordination and effective use of MLA, this project will bring better regional economic integration through regional cooperation and greater transparency in doing business among APEC economies.

Risks

1.    A work plan for executing duties during 2012-2015 is provided.

2.    A progress report will be submitted to the ACT Program Director every 6 months. This will allow the PO to closely monitor the progress of the project. The Project Proponent will present a report to the ACT at each meeting. Timely advice and comments can be given at all times.

3.    Prior to the first workshop in Chile, a template will be circulated among ACT members to gather in-depth information about criminal justice systems and prosecuting procedures for corruption and money laundering cases. The information will be used as baseline tools for the workshop and the handbook.

4.    At the end of each workshop, there will be a detailed evaluation survey that the consultant can use as part of his/her work towards the production of the handbook.

5.    Chile, Thailand, and the consultant shall meet at least once a year to coordinate and address any matters arising from each workshop. The ACT PD, or a representative from APEC Secretariat, shall also be present at these meetings.

The expected results from the project are as follows:

·      Participants will have a better understanding of the different methods and best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases; ·      Participants will have a better understanding of how to access mutual legal assistance in corruption and money laundering cases;

·      Participants will have access to a tool (the handbook) on best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, among APEC and non-APEC economies;

Participants will have contacts in APEC economies that can help facilitate case cooperation.

Monitoring and Evaluation

1.      A work plan for executing duties during 2012-2015 is provided.

2.      A progress report will be submitted to the ACT Program Director every 6 months. This will allow the PO to closely monitor the progress of the project. The Project Proponent will present a report to the ACT at each meeting. Timely advice and comments can be given at all times.

3.      Prior to the first workshop in Chile, a template will be circulated among ACT members to gather in-depth information about criminal justice systems and prosecuting procedures for corruption and money laundering cases. The information will be used as baseline tools for the workshop and the handbook.

4.      At the end of each workshop, there will be a detailed evaluation survey that the consultant can use as part of his/her work towards the production of the handbook.

5.      Chile, Thailand, and the consultant shall meet at least once a year to coordinate and address any matters arising from each workshop. The ACT PD, or a representative from APEC Secretariat, shall also be present at these meetings.

The expected results from the project are as follows:

·      Participants will have a better understanding of the different methods and best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases; ·      Participants will have a better understanding of how to access mutual legal assistance in corruption and money laundering cases;

·      Participants will have access to a tool (the handbook) on best practices in investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, among APEC and non-APEC economies;Participants will have contacts in APEC economies that can help facilitate case cooperation.

Linkages

Other fora: What role will they play in the planning and implementation of the project? How will they share in the benefits?

ABAC can share its views of the private sector which is becoming more and more active in the prevention of corruption. HRDWG, which aims to share knowledge, experience and skills to strengthen human resource development and promote sustainable economic growth, can benefit from the workshop as the target audience of this project is comprised of legal practitioners, police, and public officials relating to the investigation and prosecution of corruption. With the growing complexity of intellectual property crime, IPEG can share their views on the connection between IPR cases and money laundering, as well as the best ways to tackle the problems. The handbook capturing best practices available in the prosecution corruption and money laundering cases, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, will be provided to all fora involved.

Linkages with other APEC fora are stated in three levels.

First, input from IPEG and HRDWG was included in the final proposal. They will be involved in the drafting of each workshop agenda to include the main objectives of each fora. Then they will be invited to join in our workshops. Finally their input, including comments and suggestions regarding the content of the handbook, will be considered. In this light, the two fora will be able to share their this handbook with their members as corruption is deeply linked to intellectual property rights violations, vital to IPEG, and human resources development, the main goal of HRDWG.

With the growing complexity of crime, IPEG can share its views on the connection between IPR cases and money laundering, as well as the best ways to tackle the problems, if detected. The handbook will be provided to all participants involved and will also be available online.

Non-APEC stakeholders: What role will external stakeholders play in the planning and implementation of the project? How will they share in the benefits?

Various financial intelligence units (FIUs) such as the EGMONT group can share their views as speakers/moderators in the workshops. The StAR Initiative, a partnership between UNODC and World Bank Group that supports international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds, can contribute its expertise in the asset recovery field, as well. The OECD can also share its experiences in the investigation of foreign bribery from the perspective of international body.

Previous work: How does this project build on, rather than duplicate, previous or ongoing initiatives in APEC or other organisations?


Thailand has had experiences with 2 APEC-sponsored workshops: 1) Capacity-Building Workshop on Corruption related to Money Laundering (Bangkok; August 2007) and 2) Capacity Building Workshop on Formulating Strategies for Strengthening Inter-agency Mechanisms on Combating Corruption Related to Money Laundering (Bangkok; October 2009), with the forthcoming of the third workshop to be held in Phuket, Thailand in July 2012.  While the 2007 Capacity Building workshop stressed the need for greater interaction and cooperation between anti-corruption agencies and financial intelligence units on a domestic and international level, the 2009 Workshop explored mechanisms and tools necessary for increased interagency cooperation and collaboration among APEC members. The workshops proposed in this Multi-Year Project will build upon the knowledge gained in the previous workshops regarding money laundering and inter-agency mechanisms in order to raise awareness of best practices in the prosecuting corruption and money laundering cases, as well as in pursuing asset recovery cases, using financial flow tracking techniques and investigative intelligence.

Other work carried out by the World Bank, Transparency International and other organizations do not address prosecution, but mainly deal with preventive measures, codes of conduct and specific subjects such as asset recovery in a singular model.  A handbook or guideline on best practices for prosecuting corruption and money laundering through tracking financial flows in a complete cycle has never been developed. To stress once again, this project will combine experiences mainly from APEC member economies and directly benefit APEC as a whole, with regards to APEC reality.

Project Management

The NACC, Thailand, and the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Chile, through the Anticorruption Specialized Unit, are committed to carry out this Multi-Year Project. A team of organizers are to be set up in both agencies to ensure efficiency and completion of the project. Co-sponsors and ACT members are expected to provide relevant information regarding their legal and prosecutorial process as input for the workshops, while HRDWG and IPEG will provide feedback and input throughout the project.

Sustainability

How will stakeholders and beneficiaries be supported to carry forward the results and lessons from the project after its completion?

The results and best practices of the project in the form of the handbook will be in the hands of the participants, other stakeholders, and direct beneficiaries when they are handling actual cases. With the proposed third workshop, it is expected that the handbook will be a practical tool that can help practitioners in real cases.

Moreover, the networking opportunities provided to practitioners throughout the project will not only provide informal contacts to complement the formal channel of MLA and build a network of practioners, but also provide a great chance for the law enforcement officers to put forward their findings and challenges; Future ACT meetings may be able to address these challenges for lasting results.

The POs take into account the length of the time it takes to complete the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases. However, success of this project will bring greater chance of overcoming coordination problems stemming from the differences in legal and prosecutorial differences. With continued reporting and success cases in the future, this project will definitely prove lasting results.

After project completion, what are the possible next steps to build on its outputs and outcomes? How will you try to ensure these future actions will take place?    [less than 1 page]

Thailand and Chile will set the prosecution and investigation of corruption/money laundering/illicit trade agendas into our agencies’ regular program. In this light, we hope that other economies will do the same.

The success of this project will make a good example of how multiple economies together can carry out a project with lasting impacts. This will steer the momentum of other economies to participate in the future programs, and with greater possibility to apply for funding later on.


With regular reporting and dialogue on this project during future ACT meetings, continued support and input from ACT members is assured.  Multi-economies cooperation with regards to the future revision of this handbook is also possible, given the success of bilateral cooperation between Chile and Thailand in this Multi-Year Project.

Additional steps to be taken to better ensure the long-term impact of the Multi-Year Project include the proposal of ACT’s Medium Term Workplan (2016-2020) following the current 2010-2015 Workplan. The inauguration of the regional criminal intelligence centre, with the support of all ACT members, will be proposed in the 2016-2020 Workplan. Given the reality of time spent on the prosecution of corruption and money laundering cases, the long-term impact of this project shall be monitored after the completion of the project. With regular meetings of the Multi-year Project task force during 2012-2015, and meetings of the members of regional criminal intelligence centres from 2016 onwards, economies will be strongly urged to gradually adopt best practices to prosecute corruption and money laundering which will maximize the use of mutual legal assistance and promote integration among member economies.

Project Overseers

Mr. PONGAEK VIJITGOOl

Director, Bureau for International Affairs, Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission

1982     LL.B., Thammasat University

1985     Investigation Officer

1991     Barrister-At-Law

1995     Assets Inspection Officer

2008     Director, Bureau of Assets Inspection, State Sector

2009     Director, Bureau of Assets Inspection System Development

Dr. NATTACHA WONGWANICH, Ph.D.

International Affairs Officer
International Cooperation & Partnerships Division (ICP)
Bureau of International Affairs
Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Thailand

2002     BA, International Relations with First Class Honor, Kasetsart University

2003     MA, European Studies, Chulalongkorn University

2006     Awarded Royal Golden Jubilee PhD Scholarship, Thailand Research Fund

2009     PhD, Political Science, Thammasat University

Mrs. MARTA HERRERA

Director of the Anticorruption Specialized Unit, Public Prosecutor’s Office

2000     Law Degree, University of Chile

2003     Post-Graduate: “Sexual Aggressions: a comprehensive approach for design of intervention” distributed by the Department of Psychology of the University of Chile
2000 – 2001      State Defense Council / Barrister-At- Law
2001 - 2002      Public Prosecutor’s Office: Attorney at Research, Evaluation and Control Division.
2002 - 2003      Public Prosecutor’s Office: Attorney at Victim’s and Witnesses’ Protection Division
2003 - 2004      Public Prosecutor’s Office: Attorney at Sexual Offenses Special Unit
2005 - 2007      Public Prosecutor’s Office: Head of Legal Unit, West Metropolitan Regional Office

2007 – Present Public Prosecutor’s Office: Director of Legal Unit and Specialized Anti-Corruption Unit; Public Prosecutor’s General Council Secretary and Law School Professor, University of Chile         

Mrs. CLAUDIA ORTEGA

1996  Law Degree, University of Chile

2000  Post-Graduate: Master Degree on Criminal Law and Litigation, Diego Portales University.

2007  Post-Graduate: Master Degree on Economic Crime, Alberto Hurtado University.

1997 - 2003  Legal Aid Corporation, Head of Legal Department / Barrister-At-Law

2003 - 2004  Public Prosecutor’s Office: Head of Training Division

Cost Efficiency

Since the majority of our target participants are from developing countries from both shores of the Pacific, the central locations of Thailand and Chile will be an appealing factor for them to participate in the workshop. The geographical proximity will in turn help reduce travel subsidies provided to the participants by the organizers. Although travel subsidies for trainers and experts from non-Asian countries will be higher, the substantial savings generated from the aforementioned factors attest to the cost-effectiveness of hosting the workshop in Thailand and Chile.

In a bid to save on publishing and delivery costs, the handbook and documents produced as an output of workshops will also be made electronically available to both participants and non-participants. Emails and other viable forms of electronic communication would be the preferred modes of communication when corresponding with overseas co-organizers, participants and experts, while post-workshop evaluation would be carried out via email.

Furthermore, the organizers will ensure that the consultant hired possesses the required credentials and a proven track record for delivering high quality trainings and teaching materials. Speakers/moderators of the workshops must also have vast amount of experience in dealing with international participants from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Drawdown Timetable

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Direct Labour

APEC will fund the contracted consultant responsible for gathering and analyzing data from the workshops and handbook trial. The consultant will be responsible for drafting and editing the handbook, from start to finish.


APEC will also fund travel and related costs for speakers according to APEC guidelines.

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