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Cablegate: Nigeria Ctag Meeting

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.





E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 14279


1. (SBU) February 5, per reftel instructions, CDA hosted the
first Abuja CTAG meeting. The meeting was attended by
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian
Federation, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Spain and the
European Commission. Few countries in attendance had recent
or ongoing CT-related programs in Nigeria. Those that did
focussed primarily on developing the capacity of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission to fight fraud and money
laundering or on limited training of Nigerian law enforcement
and immigration personnel in the detection of document fraud.

2. (SBU) The countries in attendance expressed interest in
expanding CT-related cooperation with the GON. There was
general support for increasing engagement with the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission and for continued efforts to
train and professionalize Nigerian police and security
personnel. It is clear that any attempt to increase
CT-related cooperation with the GON will be handicapped by
the relative paucity of resources governments are willing to
spend in Nigeria and in Africa, in general.

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3. (SBU) Based on consultations with other CTAG members,
Embassy plans to expand the next meeting's list of
participants to include Israel and The Netherlands. While
this first CTAG meeting hosted by the Embassy was limited to
G-8 and other prospective donors, it was agreed that the next
meeting will include representatives of the GON who are in a
position to discuss what kinds of assistance would be most
useful to Nigeria.

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