On December 10, 2018, in Luanda, the Institute for Training in Economic and Financial Management of the PALOP (IGEF), in partnership with ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, through its IPPS-IUL Public and Social Policies), underwent training on, “Negotiation of Contracts and International Loans”, aimed at senior managers in planning or finance functions involved in the negotiation of contracts and international loans of the PALOP and TL.
The training course it is focused mainly on Administrative Law, Economic Law and Financial Law, designed at strengthening participants’ capacity to negotiate and contract international loans. In particular, the coaching enabled the trainees to identify, analyze and apply the standards instituted as: i) the relationship between the financial decision and the decision to contract; (ii) relevant economic and financial aspects which enable a comprehensive understanding of negotiation and public procurement.
With a total of 30 hours of classroom training, the course lasted until December 14 and covered the following topics:
- The fundamentals of negotiation
- Negotiation methods and techniques
- The rationale of public debt
- Sources of external financing
- Analysis of obligations
- Conditionalities and cost of financing
- Analysis of the guarantees and eventuality of non-compliance
- Jurisdiction applicable
- Presentation of World Bank loan contracts
- Presentation of case studies
The training is, a part of the IGEF Support Project (PAIGEF), co-financed by the European Union and the Contracting Countries of the Institute.
PAIGEF aims to strengthen economic governance capacities and the effectiveness, transparency, quality and efficiency of the Public Finance Management (PFM) systems of the PALOP countries and Timor-Leste by improving human and institutional capacities in the field.
Between the 4th and 7th of December, the second Forum of Criminal Investigation Police of the PALOP and East Timor was held at the headquarters of the Judiciary Police in Lisbon. Researchers from the criminal investigation police of the PALOP-TL, with responsibility in the area of economic and financial crime, met for sessions of knowledge sharing and to acquire new tools and mechanisms in asset recovery and asset loss.
This initiative was promoted by Camões – Instituto de Cooperação e da Língua, IP, through the Project for the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED), in partnership with the Office of Asset Recovery of the Judiciary Police, and the participation of 24 criminal investigation police officers from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.
The forum focused on research and legal mechanisms for the recovery of goods and products seized in favour of the State or victims, in order to prevent organized crime, corruption and economic and financial crime from generating profits for those who practice these activities.
The PACED is under the scope of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and Timor-Leste and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in these countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular, trafficking of narcotic drugs.
The Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) won the country’s municipal elections in 44 of the 53 municipalities. The municipal elections on October 10 reached a record 60.3% share.
The scrutiny on October 10, 2018, gave victory to FRELIMO in 44 municipalities, five less before the election, while RENAMO increased from one to eight the number of municipalities that it will govern, according to the National Election Commission (CNE).
The Mozambican civil society organization, Centro de Integridade Pública (CIP), said on a statement that the figure represents “a significant increase” compared to previous elections, 46% in 2013, 46% in 2008 and 28% in 2003, and added that, “The city of Maputo had a 63% share and Matola, the second largest municipality in the country, 59%, compared to 50% and 38%, respectively, in the previous elections,”
Four municipalities had a share of over 70%, with Metangula, in the northern province of Niassa, registering the highest participation: 77%.
The Executive Director of IMD (Institute for Multiparty Democracy) considered exemplary the work of electoral bodies, noting that there were few cases of voters who were prevented from voting because of failures in the organization and management of the process.
A total of 21 parties, coalitions or groups of citizens participated in these elections, although only three parties with parliamentary seats have applied in all municipalities: Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) and Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM).
Mozambique follows the principle of gradualism in the municipalization of the country. The first elections in 1998 began with 33 municipalities and held the same number in their second ballots in 2003, in 2008, the number of municipalities increased to 43, and to 53 in the poll of 2013 – a number that is currently maintained.
The training program is led by seven Mozambican specialists, who are part of an autonomous training grant in the criminal area created under the PACED. With the support and guidance of the Portuguese Center for Judicial Studies and the School of the Judiciary Police, the contents covered during the training focus on the most appropriate legal, administrative and procedural instruments for dealing with cases of corruption, money laundering and organized crime, particularly drug trafficking, scientific methodologies and the development of identification and detection mechanisms appropriate to this type of crime.
These training courses are aimed at judges, prosecutors, criminal investigation police and technical staff of the Financial Information Unit, designated by the national partner institutions of the project: Attorney General, Supreme Court, Mozambican Financial Information Office – GIFiM and Services with the support of the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, through the Center for Legal and Judicial Training, and the Office of the National Authorizing Officer – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
As part of this training program, the PACED has already carried out 26 national training actions in the six partner countries of the project, involving 265 trainees. In Mozambique, the goal is to increase the number of trained professionals in these areas, from the 68 graduates of the first edition in 2017 to 135.
With funding from the European Union and Camões, I.P, in a joint initiative with the Mozambican authorities, these actions are part of the Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED).
The ceremony was attended by Indira Noronha, Minister of the Portuguese Embassy, Anna Renieri, head of “Civil Society, Environment and Cooperation PALOP-TL” of the European Union Delegation and Bento Quedissane Macanda – National Identification and Police Register Director at SERNIC.
Among the equipment provided is a vehicle to reinforce the drug brigade and computer equipment for the teleconference room of this institution, which aims to guarantee a real-time communication with the provinces, for the exchange of information regarding the various types of crime under investigation.
In total, the donation from the European Union and Camões – Institute of Cooperation and Language, I.P., through the PACED, amounts to about 65,000 Euros, approximately 4,700,000.00 MZN.
The objectives of the PACED, which focuses on preventing and combating corruption, money laundering and organized crime – in particular drug trafficking – aim, with this support, to strengthen SERNIC’s operational capacity in its criminal investigation functions .
The PACED is born out of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and East Timor and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in these countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular, trafficking in drugs. Scheduled to last until December 2019, and with a budget of € 8.4 million (€ 7 million financed by the European Union under the 10th EDF and € 1.4 million by Camões, I.P.), of which € 8.05 managed directly by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, I.P., it focuses on actions to strengthen the institutional capacity of the competent authorities at legislative, executive and judicial levels, by promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and best practices among themselves, facilitating the cooperation in all project intervention areas.
Under the Cooperation Program of the PALOP and East Timor with the European Union, an Extraordinary Meeting of the National Authorizing Officers of the PALOP and East Timor was held on the 8th and 9th of March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, to assess the current stage of the program projects’ implementation and the formulation of the programs under the 11th EDF. It was also the opportunity to approve the new visual identity of the program and to publicize the new website, in the framework of the celebrations of this Cooperation Program’s 25 years of existence.