The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network
for Southern Africa, known as ARINSA is a multi-agency, informal network of
practitioners between participating countries for exchanging information, model
legislation and country laws in asset forfeiture, confiscation and money
laundering. This network plays a crucial role in supporting member countries’
asset forfeiture regimes to remove proceeds of crime and provide a disincentive
for committing such crime, thereby contributing to the strengthening of
governance measures and anti-corruption policies.
ARINSA brings together investigators, prosecutors,
judges, magistrates, law enforcement and other professionals including those
from FATF, COMESA, SADC, EU Commission to address the recovery of proceeds of
crime from its 17-member countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.
The Director of the FIU, Mrs. Carine
Charlette- Katinic, attended the ARINSA Annual General Meeting this year as
President of the ARINSA. During this year’s AGM, Mrs. Charlette was able to
garner support from all member states and other representatives including those
from FATF and ESAAMLG for Mauritius to retain the presidency until 2023. The
extension in presidency was based on Mrs. Charlette having demonstrated the
Mauritian government’s commitment to address asset recovery as a means to fight
against Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing in the region.