DSC 0623Mr. Zhakip Assanov, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan, led a high-level delegation to IACA on Tuesday to discuss potential areas of cooperation between his Office and the Academy.

The delegation also included H.E. Mr. Kayrat Sarybay, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna, as well as senior officials from the country’s Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies.

Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, briefed the delegation about IACA’s current activities and said the organization looks forward to welcoming greater numbers of professionals from Kazakhstan, such as prosecutors, judges, and other law enforcement officers and public officials, to its programmes and trainings.

These include, among others, the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies and the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action. In addition, from 2 to 4 October this year IACA will hold its second tailor-made training for anti-corruption and compliance practitioners from Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States - Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Russian Federation.

“IACA already enjoys strong ties with Kazakhstan and sees many possible areas for enhanced cooperation in fighting and preventing corruption. Today’s meeting was highly positive and productive in that regard, and we look forward to following up with concrete steps in the near future,” Mr. Kreutner said.

Mr. Assanov provided an update on his Office’s work in combating corruption in Kazakhstan, stressing also the need for the prosecution service to have a stronger “service component” in its interactions with the general public. He expressed interest in deepening cooperation with IACA through joint projects in anti-corruption and compliance, inter alia, in the framework of the forthcoming Central Asian Regional Hub for Countering Global Threats, which is planned to be based in Astana.

“Education is, and will remain, a very important part of Kazakhstan’s efforts to curb corruption. I firmly believe that IACA, through its programmes, trainings, and other activities, can make a significant contribution to our joint efforts in this area,” Mr. Assanov stated.

Kazakhstan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2013.