TRIPOLI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- A training program on combating corruption and money laundering has been launched by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations, the EU delegation to Libya said on Tuesday.
The EU, in collaboration with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), is launching a new project entitled "Building Libya's National Capacity to Prevent and Combat Corruption and Money Laundering," the EU delegation said in a statement.
The EU-funded three-year project will train Libyan officials and law enforcement agencies to enable them to better combat corruption and financial crimes, the statement said.
Libyan officials will also be trained in techniques to trace, confiscate, and recover assets linked to such crimes, it said.
Through the new project, the EU, in collaboration with UNODC and UNICRI, will strengthen the criminal justice system in Libya to investigate and prosecute corruption and related financial crimes.
"This joint project is a testament to the shared commitment of the European Union, UNODC and UNICRI to support Libya in building long-term sustainable national capacities to counter corruption and money laundering," said Cristina Albertin, UNODC regional representative for the Middle East and North Africa.
Antonia Marie De Meo, the UNICRI director, said that Libyans "deserve accountability and transparency from all public officials."
"The Libyan people should also benefit from the recovery of stolen assets which - when recovered - can be directed to key public sectors such as health care and education," she said.
The statement also said that the project targets a number of public agencies, including the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Administrative Control Authority, Audit Bureau, Central Bank of Libya, Financial Information Unit, Ministry of Interior, Office of the Attorney General, Ministry of Justice, National Economic Development Board , and Libyan Asset Recovery and Management Office. Enditem