KOR ACRC Com MK 121018 webIACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Martin Kreutner, visited the Republic of Korea last week for bilateral discussions with high-level Korean officials about further strengthening mutual cooperation in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance. He also participated as a speaker at the 19th Conference of International Investigators.

While in Seoul, Mr. Kreutner had meetings with Ms. Pak Un Jong, Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea, and Mr. Moon Moo-il, the country’s Prosecutor-General.

Specific discussion themes included a possible annual financial contribution by the Republic of Korea to IACA’s general budget, future joint programmes and trainings, and the exchange of staff, among other issues.

KOR PG MK 121018 editIACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ACRC in 2012 and has delivered several tailor-made trainings for Commission officials since then. Ms. Young Ran Kim, former Chairperson of the ACRC, served in her individual capacity as a member of IACA’s Board of Governors from 2012 to 2015.

The Republic of Korea has been a Party to IACA since 2012.

This year’s Conference of International Investigators took place in Incheon from 10 - 12 October, bringing together internal investigators and representatives from numerous international organizations. They included, among others, the United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organization, regional development banks, and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

Mr. Kreutner was a speaker in a workshop on “The Challenges and Successes of an Integrity Compliance Program”, which focused on helping entities mitigate specific risks in this area.

He also had a bilateral meeting with Mr. Ville Itälä, Director-General of OLAF, in the margins of the conference. OLAF is one of IACA’s initiating partners along with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, and the Republic of Austria.

IACA previously hosted the 17th Conference of International Investigators at its Laxenburg campus in 2016.