ICMPD hosts first Trade-based Money Laundering Training Investigation for Customs officials in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh: From the 23-26 November 2020, ICMPD hosted an Anti-Money Laundering Training Workshop for customs officials and employees in Bangladesh. The workshop was opened by Mr. Khondaker Muhammad Aminur Rahman from the Modernization and International Trade Department, Bangladesh Customs, who praised ICMPD’s initiative in organising the first training on the topic.

The event was attended by 21 officials ranked as Deputy and Assistant Commissioners from Customs Houses, investigation and intelligence directorates, training academy, and Custom’s Headquarters who came together to learn more about the prevention of money laundering. Over the four days, topics covered included customs investigation strategies, the legal framework of money laundering prevention and investigations in Bangladesh, law enforcement operations and information and intelligence as well as risk analysis.

Money laundering poses a threat to the security of countries and their citizens, the economy, and global commerce, as it facilitates a wide range of cross-border crimes and terrorism. The training was organised to strengthen the capacity of the participating officials and employees to detect frequently used techniques used in the process of money laundering at border crossing points.

The aim of the training was to enhance operational capacities of border management agencies in Bangladesh, as part of ICMPD’s support to the country to improve capacity to effectively and efficiently manage national borders under the European Union funded Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes project (IBM Silk Routes).