Following the success of the first meeting of the Arab Forum, a work plan was put together to carry forward the momentum, through three special sessions to be organized prior to the second meeting of the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery.
The work plan focused on specific technical challenges that emerged during the first meeting of Arab Forum as well as in the context of ongoing casework and assistance provided by StAR and other partners to Arab countries in transition.
The main beneficiaries of the Special Sessions are Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen, with facilitators from regional and other partner countries.
Special Session I held at the Center for Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption, Qatar from April 02 to 04, 2013 focused on domestic coordination of asset recovery efforts and how to put into practice the asset recovery guides produced by the G8 countries and Switzerland.
Special Session II held in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt from June 11 to 13, 2013 focused on how to conduct effective financial investigations to achieve successful asset recovery.
Special Session III held in London, UK from September 03 to 04, 2013 focused on the role of civil society – including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think-tanks, and academic institutions – in asset recovery. The session also included a media briefing of the Arab Forum.