The Sixth Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities opened on 4 October, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the auspices of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and its Commissioner, Dato Abu Kassim.
It has attracted widespread participation from all corners of the globe, with around 1,000 delegates taking part. IACA is represented by its Chair, Martin Kreutner, who is also a member of the Association’s Executive Committee.
“We must take an honest look at values prevalent in a society”, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stated in his welcoming address. On the occasion of the conference, a Memorandum of Understanding between the MACC and IACA will be signed, which foresees cooperation in a variety of matters, and IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) in particular. In this regard, the government of Malaysia pledged a contribution of 1,000,000 Ringgit, amounting to roughly 250,000 EUR in support of IACA’s general budget. In handing over a symbolic cheque to Mr. Kreutner, the Prime Minister noted, “this reflects our continuous commitment to eradicating corruption not only in Malaysia but also internationally". He added, "I would also like to welcome and commend IACA’s recent launch of the world's first international Master programme in anti-corruption studies".
In speaking on behalf of the Academy, Mr. Kreutner thanked the Prime Minister for Malaysia’s support and pointed out that the country has been a pro-active stakeholder in the international anti-corruption community for years. “Besides criminalization, prevention, education and international cooperation have become most important factors in a comprehensive approach against corruption”, he added. “Malaysia’s strong partnership with IACA is proof of this notion, and I extend my gratitude to the government for its generous support”.
The conference will come to a close on 8 October. Over the next few days, delegates will address issues of investigation and prevention, the denial of safe havens, income and asset declarations, and technical assistance. Workshop sessions will focus on proactive investigation, accountability and integrity in government and business practices, international recovery of ill-gotten assets and the role of prosecutors and the judiciary in combatting corruption.