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Swiss support for Public Finance Management Experts Network in Peru

The newly established Public Finance Management Experts Network (PFM Experts Network) in Peru met in the capital Lima this week, in yet another demonstration of bottom-up momentum in improving long-term Public Finance Management capacity in Peru.

Federico Paesano's quick guide to cryptocurrencies and money laundering

Article by Federico Paesano, Senior Financial Investigation Specialist, Basel Institute on Governance, following last week's Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies co-organised by the Basel Institute on Governance, Interpol and Europol.

When I and the other founding members of the Working Group on Cryptocurrencies and Money Laundering first started talking about blockchain and anti-money laundering/countering terrorist financing (AML/CFT) back in 2014, it was a tiny niche.

There was basically only one cryptocurrency around (Bitcoin), only one case of money laundering to discuss (Silk Road) and only 20 of us in a room at the University of Basel. 

Paola Bustamante appointed Peruvian Minister for Development and Social Inclusion

We congratulate Paola Bustamante on her recent appointment to the position of Minister for Development and Social Inclusion in the Peruvian Government. Having first-hand experience of her personal and professional qualities, we are convinced she will perform excellently in this important role.

Paola Bustamante served as Co-director of the Public Finance Management Programme, which is funded by SECO and implemented by the Basel Institute on Governance’s Peru country office, until February 2019. In this role, she supported a complex and highly successful programme of technical assistance in public finance management issues in the 11 regional and local governments with which the programme works.

Job vacancy: IT Supporter (40-60%)

We are looking for an IT professional or work student ("Werkstudent") to support the Basel Institute in all IT-related matters.

The role includes providing first-level IT support, maintaining computer and network systems and managing the roll-out of new tools and applications. We're ideally looking for someone with good English and German and experience in Apple computers and devices, plus server administration and network maintenance.

Global Conference on Criminal Finances & Cryptocurrencies kicks off at Europol

For those who are not at the 3rd Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies today and tomorrow, here is a taster – opening remarks by Federico Paesano, Senior Financial Investigation Specialist at the Basel Institute on Governance, which is co-organising the event.

Let me thank Europol for hosting us today at its unique premises and for the excellent organisation of the event, as always. 

And thank you also to my colleagues from Interpol for being, together with the Basel Institute on Governance – the organisation I represent today – the driving force behind this working group. 

Job vacancy: Senior Financial Investigation Specialist – Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

We are looking for a Senior Financial Investigation Specialist for the position of Regional Investigation Advisor – Illegal Wildlife Trafficking.

Based in Kenya, this position will be responsible for advising law enforcement partners in Sub-Saharan Africa in devising and implementing financial investigation strategies in relation to illegal wildlife trafficking cases. The person will also support efforts to build capacity and promote regional cooperation in this area. 

See the full job advert here.

Job vacancy: Senior Research Fellow – Public Governance

We are looking for a Senior Research Fellow with expertise in statistical and social network analysis and knowledge of topics related to development cooperation, in particular financial crime, organised crime or governance processes.

Working within the Public Governance division at our Basel headquarters, they will support research-related activities for a new programme of work tackling illegal wildlife trafficking in East and Southern Africa – among other interesting projects.  

See the full job advert here

Understanding blockchain: open training course on FinTech AML Compliance

The Basel Institute's cryptocurrency expert, Federico Paesano, delivered a successful open training course on blockchain, cryptocurrencies and AML/CFT this week in collaboration with Zurich-based MME and its Senior Compliance Advisor, Chris Gschwend.

The two-day course, FinTech AML Compliance Training, covered the essentials of blockchain and how to adapt AML/CFT processes to the FinTech industry.

New Job opening: Manager, Collective Action MACN (Maritime Anti-Corruption Network)

An exciting opportunity to work with one of the most interesting Collective Action initiatives currently around:

BSR is looking for a new Collective Action Manager with a focus of scaling MACN´s collective action projects in West Africa in an effective and cost-efficient way to promote trade and transparency and to drive private-sector leadership on combating corruption in the port and maritime sector. The Collective Action Lead reports to the MACN Program Director and will be based in Copenhagen. 

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