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  May 23, 2006

Experts on the control of money laundering will meet at the Organization of American States (OAS) May 24-26 to discuss progress reached in the hemisphere in such areas as international legal cooperation and the seizure of assets. These issues will be considered during the XXII Meeting of the Group of Experts to Control Money Laundering, held under the auspices of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (known by its Spanish acronym, CICAD).

CICAD Executive Secretary James Mack will open the meeting on Wednesday morning. OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza will open Thursday’s session, which will include the presentation of reports on CICAD’s cooperative efforts with other organizations on matters related to money laundering. CICAD has worked in this area with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Organization against Drugs and Crime, the South America Group on Financial Action, and the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.

During the three-day meeting, the experts will also unveil studies on the establishment and strengthening of intelligence and financial units, and its training program for judges and prosecutors on money laundering, among other issues.

WHAT: XXII Meeting of Group of Experts to Control Money Laundering

Opening – Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 a.m. (EDT)
Presentation by the OAS Secretary General – Thursday, May 25, 9:15 a.m.

WHERE: Padilha Vidal Room
OAS General Secretariat Building
1889 F Street NW
Washington, DC

Reference: AVI-064/06