The Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC) has this week attended a four-day training held at the Savoy Resort and Spa hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in South Africa, in collaboration with the Seychelles Police Force.

The training facilitated by four UNODC experts delivered from 3 to 6 June 2024, focused primarily on asset recovery, its international obligations as well as human rights issues.

Aimed at enhancing competencies when investigating offenses such as money laundering, terrorism financing, corruption, tax-related offenses, and drug trafficking the sessions conducted also highlighted the importance of integrated approaches, stakeholder relationships, meticulous planning and execution of orders to enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement and prosecution in recovering illicit assets and disrupting criminal activities.

Organized in response to Seychelles’ request during the last Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for Southern Africa (ARINSA) meeting for support in capacity building, participants who attended the session hailed from the Seychelles Police Force Criminal Investigation Division, Financial Crime Investigation Unit, Attorney General’s Office, Seychelles Revenue Commission, and the Anti-Corruption Commission of Seychelles.

Held for the first time in Seychelles the interactive training has said to be successful by the participants. The Seychelles Revenue Commission was presented at the training by the Director of the Legal Unit, Mrs. Catherine Ombima, Director of Investigation, Risk and Intelligence Section, Ms. Sylvia Poiret, Senior Prosecution Officer, Ms. Thirah Ah-Kong, Prosecution Officer, Ms. Petra Morel and Customs Officer, Ms. Brigitte Valentin.

At the end of the training participants were awarded a certificate of completion in asset recovery and international obligations in recognition of their commitment and high engagement in bolstering the capabilities of Seychelles’ law enforcement agencies in asset recovery and investigations.