Investigators and prosecutors from the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the General Prosecutor’s Office (GPO), the Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies, the Financial Monitoring Agency and the National Security Committee are now equipped to co-operating more efficiently to investigate financial cases in the field of corruption and money laundering. On 14 and 15 February 2023 in Astana, some 35 participants discussed the challenges of interagency co-operation in Kazakhstan and possible solutions to improve the current practices in information sharing between the Financial Monitoring Agency and law enforcement authorities. They also learned from best practices in other countries in planning financial investigations, data collection and analysis processes working on practical exercises for clarifying investigation tools and measures.
This support aims at helping Kazakhstan to address one of the recommendation of the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) emerging from the evaluation report of its Joint First and Second Evaluation Rounds which outlines that “the Republic of Kazakhstan should streamline and enhance coordination among all law enforcement authorities combating corruption, in particular, to ensure efficient financial investigations.”
More information on the ECCD webpage: Investigation authorities in Kazakhstan are strengthening their cooperation in combating corruption and money laundering - Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (coe.int)
This activity was organised by the Action on “Promoting Transparency and Action against Economic Crime” in the framework of the Central Asia Rule of Law Programme 2020-2023, which is a joint initiative co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. The Action is aimed at strengthening capacities to fight and prevent economic crime in five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).