ARINWA is an informal network for information exchange on asset recovery, confiscation and money laundering in West Africa. Each member state is represented by three focal points or national contact points from the administrations in charge of Justice, Security and Finance.
ARINWA, in an inter-ministerial approach, aims to enhance the effectiveness of its members in their efforts to deprive criminals of their illicit profits.
ARINWA focal points support the entire asset recovery phase, from the initial investigation and identification of assets, to freezing and seizure, management and finally confiscation, including any sharing of asset information between jurisdictions.
As the network includes French, Portuguese and English speaking countries, the working languages of ARINWA are French, Spanish and English. ARINWA focal points can be contacted directly by telephone or e-mail.
To date, ARINWA has 17 member states, including the 15 member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Sao Tome Principe. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is an observer. The network is also linked to seven (07) other regional inter-agency asset recovery networks (ARINs) around the world.
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