Press Release
New Delhi, 16.11.2015



       Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 6th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery and the 21st Conference of CBI and State Anti Corruption Bureaux / Vigilance Bureaux on 18th November, 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Prime Minister will also present the President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service to twelve CBI officers.  The Secretary General, INTERPOL, Mr. Jurgen Stock will also address the conference.

            Launched on 19th January, 2009, the Global Focal Point is a partnership between StAR and INTERPOL which was created to promote and increase the exchange of corruption data among law enforcement agencies and anti-corruption entities worldwide.  StAR is a partnership between UNODC and World Bank. ‘Focal Points’ are anti-corruption practitioners registered with the project who form an international network of experts.  The objective of this initiative and its corollary tool Global Focal Point Platform (GFPP) is to respond to concerns of asset freezing, seizing, confiscating and recovering stolen assets.  As on date, a total of 214 national investigators and prosecutors have been nominated as Focal points. 

            The theme of the 6th Global Focal Point Conference is “Asset Recovery in international perspective”.  It is being attended by over 100 delegates from 50 countries/5 continents.  The agenda of the 6th Global Focal Point Conference includes deliberations on important issues in the domain of Asset Recovery as well as hands on training sessions on use of GFPP and INTERPOL Tools & Databases.  The following issues will also be specifically discussed :

(a)  INTERPOL recently introduced a new Notice, titled ‘Silver Notice’ on pilot basis to assist member countries to locate, identify, obtain information, monitor, seize, freeze and/or confiscate assets. The new notice is expected to promote international action and enhance the speed of the recovery of assets located in foreign jurisdiction.  The Conference will deliberate on the working of the Silver Notice.

(b)  Of late, internationally a trend has been noticed that offenders, terrorist financiers and others are using virtual currencies like bitcoin to move and store illicit funds, out of the reach of law enforcement and other authorities.  Hence, the Conference will also discuss the emerging challenges in the field of Asset Recovery especially the use of Dark Web (or the anonymous non-searchable web) and Virtual Currencies like Bitcoin by criminals to hide ill-gotten assets and Cyber Forensic solutions.

            INTERPOL was officially created in 1923 as the International Criminal Police Commission.  Officially named Interpol in 1956, it today has 190 member countries.  India joined in 1949.  The National central Bureau, India (Interpol India/CBI) functions as an integral part of CBI with Director CBI being its ex-officio head.  The mandate of NCB, India is to secure greater cooperation and share information among law enforcement organizations throughout the world.

            The 21st Annual Conference of CBI & State ACBx/Vigilance Bureaux will simultaneously hold deliberations on the theme – ‘tracking proceeds of corruption; challenges road ahead’.  The Heads of Anti Corruption Bureaux/Vigilance Bureaux from all States and UTs will participate in the two day Conference.   The proceedings of the conference will cover various sub-themes namely –  ‘Evolving common approach to combat corruption across multiple jurisdictions’; ‘Addressing challenges in the existing Anti Corruption legal frame work’ and ‘Best practices in Anti Corruption Efforts’.  Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh will preside over the valedictory Session of the Conference on 19th November and will present Medals for Meritorious Service to the CBI officers.