The Asset Recovery component is aimed at improving prosecution, confiscation and seizure of the proceeds of crime to dismantle criminal networks in the CARIFORUM region. There are four (4) main outputs to be achieved under this component:
Established Protocol for the sharing of assets and for seizure, storage, quantification of the amount of assets to be shared as well as sharing of expenses to allow for collaboration
Improved capacity of CARIFORUM Member States to seize and recover assets through the development of Asset Recovery Units and delivery of training to investigators, auditors, analysts, attorneys, and law enforcement personnel
Enhanced capacity of judicial officers to prosecute and deliver judgements on criminal cases involving financial crimes in CARIFORUM Member States;
Strengthened national and regional coordination and cooperation on asset recovery activities through the ARIN-CARIB network.
Increased compliance of national legislations and policies with international standards on cybercrime (as prescribed in the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime).
Increased due-process compliance capacities of criminal justice authorities (police, judiciary) to investigate prosecute and adjudicate cases of cybercrime and electronic evidence and engage in effective inter-agency, public-private and international cooperation.
Increased awareness and capacities amongst decision makers, parliamentarians, relevant national authorities including public service ICT professionals on cybercrime and cybersecurity policies.
Strengthened regional coordination of cybercrime/cybersecurity activities through IMPACS as the main coordinating agency for the implementation of the CCSCAP, including capacity building for CARICOM IMPACS and its sub agencies.
Improved capacities of the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) and National Intelligence Points of Contacts in Member States, for information gathering and strategic analysis.
This consultancy achieved the following: (i) Cybercrime desk reviews of Member States national legislation and policy and (ii) The development of a Policy and Legislative Guidance Framework Document to guide Member States in the adoption of legislation and policy to combat cybercrime. The finalized document was produced following the engagement of stakeholder at the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Regional Stakeholder Validation Workshop in Trinidad and Tobago – January 21-22, 2020.
This consultancy produced the following results: (i) A Gap Analysis/ desk assessment of Member States in relation to Asset Recovery Initiatives; (ii) Provided technical assistance and mentoring in the set-up/strengthening of Asset Recovery Units (ARUs); (iii) Recommended appropriate technical and operational strategies including equipment and software to facilitate establishment of ARUs; (iv) Developed and executed training programmes for ARU staff in participating CARIFORUM Member States.