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U.S. Treasury Department Provides Technical Assistance to ICAC

January 29, 2007

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Mauritius' Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) have established a partnership to increase ICAC’s capacity to identify, investigate, and prosecute corruption and related financial crimes, including money laundering.  This program will strengthen Mauritius’s leading role in regional anti-money laundering efforts and enhance the reputation of the country’s growing financial services sector. 

The two parties, and the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding covering 2007-08.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury has agreed to provide technical assistance in the following areas:

• Financial Investigative Training
• Case Management Practices and Management Information Design
• Organization and Management Processes
• Mentoring for Investigators and Prosecutors
• Prosecutor Workshops, and
• Suspicious Transaction Analysis

The two week training seminar beginning January 29 on Financial Investigations is the first concrete step in the U.S.-Mauritian partnership.  Its main purpose is to provide the participants with proven methods and international best practices to combat economic crime, including corruption and money laundering, in their capacity as law enforcement officials and prosecutors.  

The U.S. Treasury's Office of Technical Assistance has assembled a group of investigators with vast experience in financial crime and money laundering investigations. They have trained investigators and prosecutors from over 50 countries. 

As law enforcement officials and prosecutors throughout the world face the same problems, there is a need for increased international cooperation to fight transnational criminal groups.  U.S. and Mauritian authorities expect that the skills and ideas shared in this seminar will strengthen the capacity of both countries to fight against money laundering and other financial crimes.