Result of the workshops and the dissemination and training round table on the law relating to the fight against the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

Result of the workshops and the dissemination and training round table on the law relating to the fight against the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

The Ad Hoc Sub-Committee for the Implementation of Action Plans of the Joint Asia/Pacific Group on International Cooperation (SIP) is pleased to publicly announce that the second Implementation Working Group of the actions of the 11th Revenue (RI.11) regarding financial sanctions on the financing of proliferation organized two workshops and a roundtable to deepen and broaden the dissemination and training on the law relating to the fight against the financing of proliferation proliferation of weapons of mass destruction for line ministries/institutions, persons or entities other than reporting entities and the general public.

1- Dissemination and training workshops on the law relating to the fight against the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: further disseminate and train the law relating to the fight against the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which was promulgated by Royal Kram No.NS/RKM/0620/019 of June 27, 2020, the second working group conducted two additional online workshops via Zoom. The workshops were chaired by HE CHIV Songhak, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice, HE NGY Chanphal, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Interior, and HE SAY Sam-Ath, Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Cambodia who are the co-chairs of the second working group.

The first workshop took place on February 26, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. with the participation of 100 participants, members of the second working group and executives/staff from seven ministries/supervisory institutions: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation ( 3 participants), the Ministry of Commerce (2 participants), the National Police General Commissariat (1 participant), the Non-Banking Financial Services Authority (47 participants), the Committee for the Management of Commercial Gambling of Cambodia (36 participants), Cambodia Financial Intelligence Unit (3 participants) and members of the second working group (8 participants). Whereas, the second workshop took place on February 28, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. with the participation of 146 participants who are members of the second working group and officers/staff from seven line ministries/institutions: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of International Cooperation (5 participants), the Ministry of Commerce (39 participants), the National Bank of Cambodia (4 participants), the General Commissariat of the National Police (1 participant), the Management Committee of Commercial Games of Cambodia ( 11 participants), Trust Regulator (16 participants), Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia (15 participants), Accounting and Auditing Regulator (8 participants), Social Security Regulator (8 participants), Real Estate Business and Pawnshop Regulator (11 participants) , the Insurance Regulator of Cambodia (5 participants), the Financial Intelligence Unit of Cambodia (6 participants) and the members of the second working group (17 attendees).

The two workshops were conducted to disseminate, train, raise the level of knowledge and share experiences of the implementation of the law relating to the fight against the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction with the agents / personnel of the ministries /supervisory institutions mandated to oversee the reporting of entities under their respective jurisdictions with the aim of strengthening the effective application of this law and responding to the recommendations of the Asia/Pacific Group (APG). The 2 main trainers of these workshops are HE PEN Pichsaly, Director General of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and Criminal Affairs of the Ministry of Justice, and HE General-Major PHAN Sopheak, Head of the Secretariat of the Central Directorate of Security of the General Commissariat of the National Police.

They made presentations to explain to line ministries/institutions in order to broaden and deepen their knowledge on: (1)-the roles of line ministries/institutions in the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions United; (2)-the obligations of reporting entities and persons or entities other than reporting entities under the law on combating the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the prohibition on the use of these assets; (3)-procedures for freezing assets (enlistment by the United Nations Security Council, enlistment by the courts and freezing of assets) and the confiscation of frozen assets; (4)-the sanctions to be imposed on the reporting entities and on persons or entities other than the reporting entities concerning the violation of the asset freezing order, the offense of handing over assets and the offense of failure to report such as stipulated in the penal provisions of the law on the fight against the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; and (5)-the form of reports for reporting entities and for persons or entities other than reporting entities. The 2 workshops also explained the contents of the orders of the municipal court of Phnom Penh on the freezing of the assets n° 11 and n° 12 dated November 02, 2002 freezing the assets of the persons or entities listed by the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations which imposed sanctions on North Korea and Iran. The 2 asset freezing orders are “permanent orders” which are valid in perpetuity, unless otherwise revoked by the court.

In addition to the presentations of the 2 speakers, the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Commerce and the Financial Intelligence Unit of Cambodia also participated in sharing comments, information and experiences in the application of the law on combating the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

2- The organization of the round table for the dissemination of the law on the fight against the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: The second working group with the collaboration of the national television of Cambodia (TVK) organized a round table program on March 7, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. with the participation of 7 speakers representing 5 ministries / institutions, namely: HE CHIV Songhak, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice, HE KIM Meas Sok Seiha, Under Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce, HE PEN Pichsaly, General Director of Prosecution and Criminal Affairs of the Ministry of Justice, Mr. NGETH Sovannarith, Deputy Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Cambodia, HE Major General PHAN Sopheak, Head of the Secretariat of the Central Security Department of the National Police General Commissariat, and Mr. SENG Menghong, Deputy Director of the Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation international.

This round table was organized to disseminate and raise the level of knowledge on the law relating to the fight against the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction for persons or entities other than reporting entities and the general public.

This roundtable discussed important topics such as:(1)-the procedures for requesting the freezing of an asset (enlistment by the United Nations Security Council, enlistment by the courts and freezing of assets), and the confiscation of frozen assets; (2)-the procedures for requesting the removal of a name and authorization to use frozen property (request to the United Nations Security Council, request to the court to remove a name from the list of the Security Council of the United Nations and in revocation of a freezing order and authorization to use the frozen property), (3)-the prohibition to use frozen property and the obligations of persons other than the declarants (prohibition to use a frozen, declarants and reporting obligations of reporting entities, reporting obligations of persons or entities other than reporting entities); (4)-confiscation of frozen property; (5)-management mechanisms (National Coordinating Committee, Monitoring and Review, Information Disclosure and Law Enforcement Regulations); and (6)-penal provisions concerning natural and legal persons (violation of the freezing order, the offense of handing over property, and the offense of breach of reporting obligations and the responsibility of a legal person) .

This round table was broadcast by TVK on March 09, 2022.

Line ministries/institutions, reporting entities, persons or entities other than reporting entities and relevant stakeholders as well as the general public can access the video recording of the round table and the materials for the 2 workshops on the official welcome from the Ministry of Justice and the Financial Intelligence Unit of Cambodia.

In accordance with the announcement above, please inform the general public.

Phnom Penh, March 14, 2022

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