Mr Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan and the Regional Coordinator of Eastern European Region of IAACA, hosted a regional seminar on “Asset Recovery in the Fight against Corruption” under the auspices of IAACA in Baku on 30 June 2022. The seminar was kicked off by the opening addresses of Mr Mammadov as the IAACA Vice-President, Ms Sally Kwan as the Secretary-General of IAACA and Mr Žydrūnas Bartkus, President of the European Partners against Corruption and European contact-point network against corruption (EPAC/EACN) and Director of Special Investigation Service of Lithuania (STT). Mr Mammadov emphasised that the promotion of asset recovery could facilitate the fight against corruption which paved the way for attaining the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16.5.
The Regional Seminar attracted more than 100 anti-corruption and law enforcement practitioners from 11 countries, including 8 from Eastern Europe (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lithuania, Romania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Slovakia and Bulgaria) to participate in-person or online
Ms Sally Kwan stressed IAACA’s role in fostering international cooperation over asset recovery in particular facilitating knowledge sharing on the ever-evolving corruption crimes
In addition to the host country, speakers from the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong, China, the Central Office for Seizure and Confiscation of Belgium, the Anti-corruption Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Georgia, the STT, the National Anti-Corruption Directorate of Romania and the Justice Academy of Türkiye who had relevant expertise and experience also shared their expertise and knowledge on the topic. There was a fruitful discussion at the end of seminar and the participants were thankful for such an initiative.