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Report of the second roundtable discussion on cryptocurrency and blockchain regulation in Uganda held on 6th July 2017

Written by UNAFRI. Posted in UNAFRI latest News

The Second Round table on developing of Principled Guidance for the regulation of crypto currencies in Uganda took place on the 6th July 2017 at the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI) in Naguru, Kampala. The participants developed principled guidance on the regulation of cryptocurrencies based on a co-regulatory model.

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2017 July 2nd Cryptocurrency Round Table Discussion

Written by UNAFRI. Posted in UNAFRI latest News

The United Nations Institute for The Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI) together with the University of Birmingham is bringing together a cross-disciplinary panel of experts to address issues surrounding the regulation of distributed ledger technologies specifically cryptocurrencies and the blockchain, and the implications of regulation for the wider meanings of currency.
The panels will explore the motivations for the use of cryptocurrencies in Africa, consider the state of domestic policies, the complex legal, socio-cultural, economic, technological, and ethical issues, and consider a principled approach to any future regulation. The event is convened by Dr Maureen Mapp of the University of Birmingham Law School, and it will take place on Thursday 6 July, at UNAFRI, Naguru in Kampala.

Panellists at the event include:

  • The Central Bank of Uganda
  • Directorate of Public Prosecutions of Uganda
  • Uganda Communications Commission
  • Birmingham Law School
  • Makerere University Law School
  • Law School of Uganda Christian University Mukono
  • Uganda Police Force
  • Financial Intelligence Agency (Uganda)

The event is by invitation only.

UNAFRI hosted a delegation of UNODC cybercrime experts

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UNAFRI hosted a delegation of UNODC cybercrime experts 17- 21 November 2014 to assess the needs of Uganda’s criminal justice system in the use of electronic evidence and digital forensics. The delegation comprised Mr Bilal Sen, Head of Global Programme on Cybercrime, UNODC, Mr Andres Peres, Coordinator, East Africa Global Programme on Cybercrime. They were joined by Mr Jens Ahistrand, Cybercrime Investigations expert, Swedish Police and Mr Terrence, a Prosecution expert from UK.

Consultative Meeting of Experts on Drug Demand Reduction in Africa

Written by UNAFRI. Posted in UNAFRI latest News

The traffcking and use of narcotic drugs hitherto  regarded as a problem for Latin and North America,  Europe and Asia is increasingly becoming manifest  in Africa. And besides aggravating corruption and  insecurity, the rampant abuse of these drugs has  resulted in health challenges, especially among youths  in Africa where detection and control mechanisms are  still a challenge.

UNAFEI Delegation Visits UNAFRI, June 2013

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A delegation of offcials from a sister institute, the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute  for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) visited UNAFRI on  27th June 2013. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two  institutes. The visit was also aimed at exploring possible joint projects which can be implemented  in areas of training and dissemination of knowledge for capacity building in crime prevention, in  specifed regions of Africa with particular focus on the Sahel region and Francophone countries.

Principally, the visit was an  opportunity for UNAFEI to share  with UNAFRI knowledge and  crime prevention needs, status of  identifed crime situations, crime  statistics and experiences based  on prior contact about specifed  regions in Africa. This was  essential for UNAFEI’s planned  intervention in Africa later this  year, with a training workshop in  Democratic Republic of Congo. UNAFRI’s delegation was led by  Mr John Kisembo, the Acting  Director, and comprised of Mr John  Sembuya Ssali, the Administration  Finance Offcer; Prof. Eric Paul  Kibuuka, founding staff and  former Deputy Director who also  worked as Offcer in Charge of  UNAFRI until 2003; Ms Sarah  Musoke, Finance/Administration  Assistant; and Mr Patrick Mwaita,  Research/Training Assistant.