OECD IIACA concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris yesterday, paving the way for closer cooperation in the field of anti-corruption.

The two organizations pledged to work together to boost efforts in promoting the corruption-free business model as a global benchmark and to develop joint projects to combat corruption, including transnational bribery. The memorandum also serves as a framework for the sharing of expertise, the delivery of technical assistance, and joint curricula development.

It was signed by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría on behalf of the OECD and IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner, on behalf of IACA.

In the course of the signing ceremony,  Mr. Gurría stressed: “Public trust is one of the most precious assets that a country can have, and after the economic crisis it is in short supply. Thus, fighting corruption needs to be one of the most important components of the good governance global agenda.”

Mr. Kreutner commended the OECD’s efforts in the fight against corruption, in particular its Anti-Bribery Convention.

"We have achieved some results, but we must not stop there. To safeguard peaceful and inclusive societies, the rule of law, as well as effective and capable institutions, we are called to join forces; internationally, inter-institutionally, and among all sectors of society. Globally, we need to ensure that good governance and the fight against corruption form a strong and explicit component of the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” he stated.

The OECD is an international organization of 34 countries, founded in 1961 to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

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