ICT technical Staff from the COMESA secretariat Mahmud Mohammed and Joshua Amolo have completed installation of the donated ICT equipment worth approximately 100,000 dollars which was handed over to the Financial Intelligence Unit in Madagascar (SAMIFIN) to help it in its fight against money laundering.

The equipment was purchased and installed by COMESA through its EU-funded Regional Maritime Security Programme following a capacity needs assessment that was carried out jointly by SAMIFIN and COMESA in 2015.

Confirming the completion of installation of the equipment at the SAMIFIN offices in Antananarivo, Madagascar on 12th August 2016, Information System Analyst, at the Secretariat Joshua Amolo said the equipment include two virtualization servers with, 20 desktop computers, 10 laptops, 20 UPS, fire suppression equipment.

“The packages also include the latest version of windows server software, desktop software, Microsoft office, graphic design software and financial fraud analysis tools among many others”, Amolo said.

Amolo said the migration from the old system to the new system shall be done in two days after which the organisation shall be able to fully utilise the system without any problems.

“The migration has started as we speak and it shall be done by tomorrow all things being equal. This is meant for us to test the system before we officially hand it over to SAMFIN ICT staff”, he said.

Mr Amolo further said the migration shall be followed by an intensive training for the technical staff at SAMIFIN as well as the end users of the system in Madagascar which he said shall be done soon.

The colourful hand-over ceremony took place on 10th August, 2016 at the SAMIFIN offices in Madagascar witnessed by high ranking government officials and other stake holders.

The programme is extended to the countries that were most vulnerable to piracy attacks including Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania.

COMESA is assisting MASE programme countries through building financial analytical capacity of their Financial Intelligence Units and their analytical tools, enhancing capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies, facilitating review and amendment of anti-money laundering laws to ensure they are in line with international standards as outlined by the Financial Action Task Force, and assisting countries with developing information sharing mechanisms nationally and internationally.