Last week, IACA proudly presented a three-day training for a group of private sector officials from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Entitled “Overcoming the Challenge of Corruption in Today’s Environment:
Lessons for the Private Sector”, it was custom-designed for representatives of the business community, trade unions and chambers of commerce. Through a combination of lectures and group work sessions, some of the most significant problems facing the private sector were addressed and best practices identified. Participants had the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the global implications of national legislation, good corporate governance and the role of law enforcement in countering corruption. The group work sessions were designed to build capacity in the field as participants exchanged their experiences in finding strategies to specific case studies.The lecturers included Jörg Busch from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ig Chandran from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Maximilian Burger-Scheidlin from the International Chamber of Commerce Austria, Thomas Firestone from the US Embassy in Moscow, Susanne Gropp-Stadler from Siemens, Kathleen Harris from the Arnold Porter Law and IACA’s Suzanne Hayden.
The training also featured a panel discussion where representatives of the OECD, OSCE, UNODC, and IACA discussed their organizations’ missions in anti-corruption affairs. Olga Savran, Manager of the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the OECD, Goran Svilanović, Co-ordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities at the OSCE, Dimitri Vlassis, Chief of the Corruption and Economic Branch at the UNODC, and IACA’s Georg-Florian Grabenweger took part.
On the last day, Sergey Dubik, Head of the Presidential Civil Service and Personnel Directorate of the Russian Federation, Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the UNODC, Leonid Kazinets, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of BARKLI, and Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Chair and Executive Secretary, delivered closing remarks. This training took place from 23 to 25 May and was co-sponsored by the Russian Federation.