Brazil Strengthens International Enforcement Cooperation

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Thursday, February 1, 2007
Bruce Zagaris
Two recent events in Brazil – the fourth meeting of the National Strategy to Combat Corruption and Money Laundering (Estratégia Nacional de Combate à Corrupção e à Lavagem de Dinheiro, Enccla) on November 30, 2006 in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, and Interpol’s 75th General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro on September 19, 2006 – have strengthened international enforcement cooperation in Brazil. At the Enccla meeting, 50 Brazilian executive and judicial agencies discussed combating corruption and crimes involving the national financial system. During the meeting, the Department of Recovery of Assets and International Legal Cooperation (Departamento de Recuperação de Ativos e Cooperação Jurídica Internacional, DRCI) discussed 25 new proposals, including training programs to build capacity at federal agencies and programs to improve electronic access to bank account information. Officials are also discussing an electronic system to analyze public officials’ asset declarations, and the creation of a National Fund of Assets of Illicit Origin ... [more]