Capacity Development of CARIFORUM Member States on Financial Compliance, Asset Recovery and Cybercrime Project, funded through the European Union's 11th Development Fund (EDF)

Project Overview

CARICOM IMPACS commenced execution of the 11th EDF project entitled: ‘Capacity Building for CARIFORUM Member States on Asset Recovery and Cybercrime’ in January 2019. The project has a lifecycle of 48 months. The overall objective of the project Capacity Development of CARIFORUM Member States on Financial Compliance, Asset Recovery and Cybercrime, is to contribute to the improvement and sustainability of safety and security in the CARIFORUM region. The project is subdivided into two (2) areas, Asset Recovery and Cybercrime.

Assest Recovery
46%
Cybercrime
77%

Project Overview

CARICOM IMPACS commenced execution of the 11th EDF project entitled: ‘Capacity Building for CARIFORUM Member States on Asset Recovery and Cybercrime’ in January 2019. The project has a lifecycle of 48 months. The overall objective of the project Capacity Development of CARIFORUM Member States on Financial Compliance, Asset Recovery and Cybercrime, is to contribute to the improvement and sustainability of safety and security in the CARIFORUM region. The project is subdivided into two (2) areas, Asset Recovery and Cybercrime.

Asset Recovery ​

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:

01

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

02

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

03

Enhanced capacity of judicial officers to prosecute and deliver judgements on criminal cases involving financial crimes in CARIFORUM Member States;

04

Strengthened national and regional coordination and cooperation on asset recovery activities through the ARIN-CARIBE network.

Cyber Crime

The Cybercrime component of this project is focused on enhancing detection and investigation of cybercrimes in CARIFORUM Member States, in compliance with international standards. There are five (5) intended outputs of this component:

01

Increased compliance of national legislations and policies with international standards on cybercrime (as prescribed in the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime).

02

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.

03

Increased awareness and capacities amongst decision makers, parliamentarians, relevant national authorities including public service ICT professionals on cybercrime and cybersecurity policies.

04

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.

05

Improved capacities of the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) and National Intelligence Points of Contacts in Member States, for information gathering and strategic analysis.

Meetings, Presentations and Training

Under each component of the project, several meetings and trainings will be hosted.

  • ARIN CARIB Steering Committee Meeting and Annual General Meeting held in Jamaica – September 18-20, 2019. Link https://arin-carib.org/
  • Asset Recovery Forum and Strategy Workshop (Virtual Training via the CBSI-Connect Virtual Learning Platform) – July 20-21, 2020 and August 3-4, 2020.
  • The objective of the workshop was to enhance the ability of participating Member States to address their overall compliance with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) forty (40) Recommendations, eleven (11) Immediate Outcome and international standards relating to the investigation, prosecution and recovery of the proceeds of acquisitive crime.
  • Asset Recovery in Practice Workshop (Virtual Training via the CBSI-Connect Virtual Learning Platform) – October 12-16, 2020.
  • This workshop is a practical exercise where multi-disciplinary teams from each Member State are required to progress an investigation from the initial receipt of intelligence, gathering evidence, managing property, obtaining a confiscation/forfeiture order, and realising the property.
  • Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Regional Stakeholder Validation Workshop in Trinidad and Tobago – January 21-22, 2020
  • Meeting of the CARICOM Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Action Plan (CCCAP) Coordinating Committee – January 23, 2020.
  • Cybercrime and Cybersecurity presentation at the CARICOM IMPACS Virtual Security Conference – July 29, 2020

Upcoming Activities:

To be announced

Consultancies and Major Procurement

Consultancies

The project consists of two (2) main Consultancies which have been completed:

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.

Procurement

During the period of November 2020 and May 2021 CARICOM IMPACS will launch the following procurement activities:

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