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West African sub-region to combat economic crimes: Amissah-Arthur

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THE Vice-President,
>  Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has called for concerted
> efforts by countries in the West African sub-region to
> combat all forms of economic crimes which threatened their
>  societies.
>
> He emphasised the need for  institutions
> committed to the fighting of economic crimes in the sub
> region to join forces in fighting the menace which was
> bleeding the economies of member countries.
>
> Mr. Amissah-Arthur made these
> remarks when a joint delegation of Financial
> Intelligence Centre and GIABA, organisation committed to
> fighting economic and financial crimes called on him at the
> Flagstaff House today.
>
> According to the Vice-President, no country in the
> sub-region can go it alone in fighting economic crimes and
> succeed  due to the sophistication it had assumed.
> He said the sophistication that economic crimes
> had undergone over the years demanded that institutions in
> member countries share vital information towards its
> eradication.
>
>  ” There is the need for more robust efforts by
> institutions committed to fighting economic crimes  to
> share experiences to avert the menace,” he said.
> Mr. Amissah-Arthur said the government
> was aware of the constraints militating against
> Financial Intelligent Centre and was in the process of
> providing them with the needed logistics to enhance their
> activities.
>
> The head of the Financial Intelligence Centre, Mr Sam
> Essel expressed the determination of his outfit to fight
> economic and financial crimes in all their manifestation in
> the country.
> He however called for the
> support   of the various stakeholders in the
> Ghanaian society to lend concrete assistance  to shore
> up its activities.
>
> ” We are also in constant touch with other sister
> organisations in the sub-region to share information related
> to economic crime and other forms of financial
> malfeasance,” Mr Essel said.
> GIABA Director General Adama Coulibally
> reitetated the commitment of his organisation to support
> governments in the sub-region to fight economic and
> financial crimes.

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