Thirteenth Regional Seminar on Good Governance for Southeast Asian Countries
UNAFEI has hosted the Regional Seminar on Good Governance for Southeast Asian Countries, known as the GG seminar, annually since 2007. The seminar is held in support of activities to establish the rule of law and good governance in Southeast Asian countries, to contribute to capacity-building for criminal justice practitioners, and to promote mutual understanding and cooperation among Southeast Asian countries.
The thirteenth GG seminar was hosted solely by UNAFEI from 17 to 19 December 2019. It was the first GG seminar which took place at UNAFEI's new facility, the International Justice Center in Tokyo. The theme of the seminar was “Effective Financial Investigation and Anti-Money-Laundering Measures for Confiscation and Asset Recovery to Counter New and Emerging Corruption Threats”. Twenty-three criminal justice practitioners who deal with corruption issues from ten ASEAN countries as well as Timor-Leste participated. Ms. Chi Yan Kate Cheuk from the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Hong Kong and Ms. Louisa Kathryn Marion from the Department of Justice of the United States of America attended as visiting experts. Mr. WATANABE Naoki also attended as a lecturer from the Special Investigation Department of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors' Office.
At the end of the seminar, the participants and the experts visited the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors' Office, Tachikawa Branch, which is the closest Public Prosecutors' Office to UNAFEI. The discussion with the director of the branch and the study tour of the facility deepened the understanding of the participants about investigative practices in Japanese prosecutors' offices.
Each participant made a presentation regarding the latest corruption trends, challenges and legal amendments in his or her country by referring to actual corruption cases. The participants' presentations were very meaningful to share the latest situation of corruption and best practices in the participating countries. The seminar was concluded by the presentation of the Chair's Summary of the discussions.
- Click here to read the Chair's Summary.