On the podium (from left to right): Dr. Franca Fülle, Anne Katharina Zimmermann and Dr. Ralf Riegel, all from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (from left to right)On the podium (from left to right): Dr. Franca Fülle, Anne Katharina Zimmermann and Dr. Ralf Riegel, all from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (from left to right)

Working closely with the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) and the Federal Foreign Office, the IRZ organised a five-day conference as part of the "Arab Forum on Asset Recovery" (AFAR), held in Tunis from 18 to 22 May 2015. AFAR was set up as part of a G7 initiative in partnership with Arab Countries in Transition.

As part of this initiative, an Action Plan on Asset Recovery was agreed in 2012 to support Arab countries in their efforts to recover stolen or misappropriated assets from former Arab regimes. Special sessions are held annually to deal with technical issues concerning the identification and recovery of assets.

The fourth annual meeting took place in Tunisia under Germany's presidency of the G7. Arab delegations represented Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar and Tunisia. The G7 states were represented by Germany, France and Great Britain. Switzerland was also represented.

Plans were developed in close coordination with the World Bank's Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR). The conference focussed in particular on asset tracing, which involves detecting assets that are being held illegally in the states concerned. The results of these "special sessions" will be taken into account at the fourth Arab Forum to be held in November 2015.