Last week, part of the EU Global Facility team was in Paraguay to conduct a scoping mission to discuss the future implementation of technical assistance activities on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing.
Led by Team Leader David Hotte, the delegation began its visit at the Attorney General’s Office, where the Minister of the Secretariat for the Prevention of Money Laundering (SEPRELAD), René Fernández Bobadilla and Deputy Minister Carmen María Pereira Bogado, welcomed them. The team was accompanied by the Ambassador of the European Union in Paraguay, Javier García de Viedma.
The discussions revolved around the the key priority actions identified in the Mutual Evaluation Report of the Republic of Paraguay approved in 2022 by the GAFILAT, which reflects the needs of the country in AML/CFT.
Later on, the EU Global Facility experts met with the First Vice President, @Carolina Llanes, and Justices Luis María Benítez Riera and Alberto Martínez Simón at the Supreme Court of Justice.
Technical discussions were then led with representatives of the law enforcement agencies in charge of investigating financial crimes, namely SENAD, SENAC, the National Police, Customs and SEPRINTE.
On the last day, a meeting with judges and prosecutors specialised on AML/CFT was held, where the attendees discussed the main findings of the Evaluation and the mechanisms to be implemented to implement the necessary structural improvements to the systems of investigation, prosecution and conviction of AML/CFT crimes.