The African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery and Sustainable Development (African Center) in collaboration with the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) held a webinar on the theme “Exploring Africa’s Stolen Assets Recovery and Return Trajectory: Efforts to Achieve Agenda 2063 and UN SDG 16” on the 20th September 2023. The webinar recorded about 90 participants which comprised law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations, asset recovery practitioners as well as academia.
The webinar opened with general introductions and opening remarks from Prof M.T Ladan (PhD) Hubert Humphery Fellow, USA and Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. A detailed resume can be accessed here.
Madam Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu(Her short bio can be viewed here), Executive Director, African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery and Sustainable Development in her presentation, Exploring the Priorities of Asset Recovery in Africa and Globally – Extant Laws and Practice highlighted the definition of asset recovery, the provisions of UNCAC, AUCCPC, UN Agenda 2063 and UN SDG 16 and the current position of certain African countries.
Other speakers include Prof. Dayo Ayoade, Ph.D., Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, and Mr. Edwin Harris, Director General, Intergovernmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), who presented on AU Agenda 2063 and Benchmarking Africa’s Stolen Assets Recovery Trajectory.’
Mr. Oliver Stolpe, Country Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Prof. F. Nlerum, HOD, Commercial Law Department spoke on the topic ‘tracking the progress made in line with the UN Convention against Corruption and UNSDG 16 in use of recovered assets’.
Other prominent speakers include Dr. Abdallah Ali-Nakyea, University of Ghana , School of Law, Peter Gad, Executive Director, of CLEEN Foundation, Rev. David Ugolor, Executive Director of the African Network for Economic and Environmental Justice(ANEEJ), and Esther Muchiri, Deputy Director, of Asset Recovery Agency, Kenya who gave the country level analysis for Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya respectively.
The recording of the webinar can be viewed on https://youtu.be/2bE9ow9X6Uo?si=UbIVi-w9Qz161C7o