On 28 March 2011, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, vowing to undertake joint efforts in promoting good governance and the fight against corruption.
During the signing ceremony, the OSCE Secretary General, Ambassador Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, noted that OSCE participating States are very keen to intensify the work of the organization in the field of anti-corruption issues, and that collaboration with IACA represents an important step in fostering capacity and institution building.
Technical assistance, education, as well as the exchange of experiences and expertise in anti-corruption, form an integral part of this partnership agreement. The two organizations pledged to work together in providing joint training activities and developing common programmes and curricula in areas including, inter alia, anti-money laundering and the seizure of criminal assets obtained from corruption and trafficking in human beings.
Mr. Martin Kreutner, Chair of the IACA International Transition Team, highlighted the shared social responsibility of the OSCE and IACA in fighting this corrosive problem, which in eroding the rule of law impedes social development and allows threats to human security to flourish. “Close cooperation between our two organizations”, Mr. Kreutner added, “will prove essential in redressing the worst effects of corruption and will contribute to achieving our common goals”.
Copyright: Andrey Serenkov - OSCE