On June 25-27, 2013, the Regional Workshop for GUAM Member States ‘Improving Mutual Legal Assistance Practices in Money-Laundering Investigations and Asset Forfeiture/Recovery’ was conducted in Batumi, Georgia. The workshop was organized within the Project, funded by the USA and implemented by the Regional Office for Central Asia of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROCA) in cooperation with the GUAM Secretariat.

The Regional Workshop brought together anti-money laundering investigators, prosecutors, judges, officials of national Assets Recovery Offices, Central Authorities for mutual legal assistance, and pertinent national Centers of Excellence of GUAM countries and experts from USA, Israel, Poland, Switzerland, representatives of UNODC, Interpol and Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SELEC/SEEPAG).

The workshop was aimed at strengthening capacities of competent authorities through exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices in the field of mutual legal assistance for criminal prosecution of money laundering, as well as in search, seizure, confiscation and recovery of assets, fostering professional contacts.