Saudi Arabian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 11 September H.E. Dr. Khalid Ibrahim Mohammed Jindan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in April 2013.

IACA at the Cambridge Economic Crime Symposium

IACA emphasized the strong links between anti-corruption and combating economic crime at a major global conference at Cambridge University this week.

In a keynote address to the 35th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Elena Helmer, IACA’s Director of Academic Programmes, urged participants to consider a wide range of approaches to fighting both corruption and economic crime.

The Academy is supporting and partnering with the Symposium for the fifth straight year, along with many other academic institutions and government and non-government agencies.

In her remarks, Ms. Helmer pointed out that corruption is a major driver of economic crimes such as human trafficking, organized crime, corporate bribery, trade in illicit drugs and weapons, money-laundering, and financing of terrorism. Corruption also threatens to undermine the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Effectively fighting corruption and economic crime, she continued, involves not only criminal law and enforcement but also prevention, education and awareness, and international cooperation. Moreover, Ms. Helmer said, these efforts should use insights from several fields such as psychology, political science, ethics, and sociology.

IACA applies this multidisciplinary approach to all its programmes and trainings, including its well-established Master in Anti-Corruption Studies and the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action for practitioners involved with the business sector.

The overall theme of this year’s symposium, which concludes on Sunday, is “Preventing and Controlling Economic Crime in the Modern World – Whose responsibility and are they really up to it?”

The gathering is expected to attract some 1,800 participants from more than 90 countries, with backgrounds including policy-making, law enforcement, compliance, regulation, business, and professional services.

IACA Mission to Thailand

Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, was in Bangkok last week for an international anti-corruption workshop and a series of high-level meetings with the heads of some of the organization’s partners in Thailand.

At the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Mr. Kreutner gave a keynote address at a well-attended event on Strengthening Implementation Capacities of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Permanent Mission of Thailand in Vienna, in particular H.E. Mr. Songsak Saicheua, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to the International Organizations in Vienna. It was also supported by the country’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), as well as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Following Mr. Kreutner’s keynote on global anti-corruption prevention strategy in the public and private sectors, the workshop covered issues including money-laundering and human trafficking, government procurement, and asset recovery.

In separate bilateral meetings with IACA, the respective heads of the NACC, PACC, and the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand (OAG) all expressed strong interest in working more closely with the Academy.

In this regard IACA signed a Letter of Intent with the OAG on 31 August that provides a framework for stronger collaboration in the area of anti-corruption. The Academy previously delivered a tailor-made training for the OAG in Laxenburg in 2016.

The NACC President, Pol. Gen. Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, presented Mr. Kreutner with a copy of the NACC’s new book entitled "Partnership with IACA: Thailand as State Party to IACA".

IACA has frequently delivered tailor-made trainings for the NACC, with which it signed a memorandum of understanding in 2010. In addition, former NACC Commissioners currently serve in their individual capacities on the organization’s Board of Governors and International Senior Advisory Board.

While in Bangkok Mr. Kreutner also had a bilateral meeting with Mr. Thani Thongphakdi, Deputy Permanent-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss other possible future joint initiatives.

Thailand has been a Party to IACA since 2011 and hosted the second session of the Assembly of Parties in December 2013.

Slovak Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 4 September H.E. Mr. Peter Mišík, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The Slovak Republic ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in March 2011.

IACA Regional Summer Academy – Middle East: Apply Now

IACA is now welcoming applications for its Regional Summer Academy - Middle East, which will take place in Kuwait City from 9 to 14 December this year. For more information and to apply, please click here.

The interdisciplinary six-day programme is specially designed for professionals seeking to sharpen their anti-corruption and compliance work in this part of the world. It is co-organized by the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha).

Participants will have the opportunity to learn with leading regional and international professors and practitioners, share experiences and network with peers from across the region, develop durable anti-corruption and compliance strategies, and apply this knowledge to their daily work. They will also join IACA's alumni network of professionals in about 150 countries.

Applicants must be citizens or residents of one of the following: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen; and the State of Palestine.

IACA is offering discounts on the tuition fee under its new fee discount scheme for participants from IACA’s Parties and for registered Alumni. Further details are available in the "Fees and Logistics" section here.

The IACA Regional Summer Academy - Middle East will be conducted in English and simultaneous interpretation into Arabic will be provided. English-language reading materials will not be translated.

Further programme details will be announced soon.

The IACA Regional Summer Academy - Middle East is the third in the series of regional programmes based on IACA’s successful annual Summer Academy, following earlier editions in Latin America in 2015 and Eastern Africa in 2016.

IACA Briefs Permanent Missions on Latest Developments

IACA hosted a well-attended briefing for Permanent Missions in Vienna last week on current developments at the organization, in particular preparations for the upcoming sixth session of its Assembly of Parties (AoP) from 2 to 4 October in Sharm El Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt.

Representatives of IACA informed participants in the briefing about various AoP-related matters, including submission of credentials, registration for the session, draft documents, logistical issues, and other organizational aspects. This was followed by a question-and-answer session that reflected the high level of interest in the room.

Further details about the upcoming session will soon be available here.

The briefing contained additional updates on the Academy’s programmes and activities, including its new fee discount scheme for participants from IACA’s Parties and for registered Alumni.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include a busy summer of standardized (open) trainings, increasingly strong demand for IACA’s customized tailor-made trainings, and two academic degree programmes that are currently open for applications.

The fifth intake of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) will start its studies in October this year, and IACA will soon begin accepting applications for the class that begins in autumn 2018. In addition, the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) will start later in 2017 and is open for applications. This is the first master’s programme specially designed for practitioners involved with the business sector in these fields.

Also in Vienna last week, IACA contributed to two meetings of the Working Groups of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) – one on Prevention of Corruption and the other on Asset Recovery. In its respective statements the organization emphasized how its programmes and activities are helping countries to further implement the UNCAC in these areas.

Luxembourgish Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 29 August H.E. Mr. Marc Ungeheuer, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Luxembourg ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2012.

High-level Qatari Delegation at IACA

A high-level delegation from Qatar visited IACA on Thursday to discuss further cooperation and other issues of mutual interest in the area of anti-corruption, including tailor-made trainings and research activities.

The delegation was led by H.E. Mr. Saad Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, President of the country’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA), who was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Ali Al Thani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the International Organizations in Vienna. Other ACTA officials and representatives from Qatar’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna also attended the meeting.

The meeting addressed ways of strengthening the existing ties between Qatar and IACA, including through the country’s potential future accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

In addition, senior IACA staff presented an update on current and upcoming activities at the Academy, including the organization’s wide range of programmes, trainings, and research.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training 2017 Concludes

Participants from 13 countries, representing the public and private sectors, international organizations, and anti-corruption agencies, completed IACA’s fifth annual Procurement Anti-Corruption Training last Friday.

The five-week programme combined one week of on-site training at IACA (from 31 July to 4 August) with distance learning in participants’ home countries. Among the frequent IACA lecturers were Prof. Christopher Yukins from the George Washington University Law School, Max Kaiser Aranda, Anti-Corruption Director at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, Johannes Schnitzer (Schnitzer Law), and Candice Welsch (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).

Topics covered during the in-class segment included, among others, reverse auctions and e-procurement, developing compliance programmes, and the integrity of public finances, together with several case studies.

The training aims to reduce corruption in public procurement by training professionals from around the world in sound anti-corruption strategies. It is open to practitioners with at least three years' relevant work experience dealing with procurement issues.

Participants who successfully complete the programme are entitled to receive 6 ECTS credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. For more information, please click here.

MACS Class of 2016 - 2018 on Campus

Students from the 2016-2018 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme were back on the IACA campus from 24 July to 4 August 2017 for the in-class phase of Module IV, The Economics of Corruption.

Students came from 17 countries on five continents to learn from Professors Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau, Germany) and Ivo Teixeira Gico, Jr. (University Center of Brasília, Brazil), both of whom are members of IACA's frequent visiting faculty. The module focused on the economic conditions that facilitate corruption, economic responses to corruption, as well as game theory and its application to corruption issues.

As part of the module, the students also visited the Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption to discuss with the host country’s practitioners both investigative techniques and preventive anti-corruption measures.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules, each of which included a 10-day in-class session, and a master’s thesis. It is specifically designed for working professionals. Applications are being processed for the 2017 - 2019 class starting in October. The application season for the 2018 – 2020 programme will begin in September. For more information and to apply, please click here.

A Busy Month for IACA Alumni

IACA has just published the latest issue of the IACAlumnusmagazine, rounding off a busy month for our alumni that began with the fourth annual reunion of former students and participants on campus.

The new edition of the magazine includes articles by IACA alumni from around the world as well as interviews with Andrew Spalding (United States of America), a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty, and Hon. Shri K.V. Chowdary, Central Vigilance Commissioner of the Republic of India. You can download the full versions of this and previous issues here.

Earlier in July IACA’s annual alumni reunion brought anti-corruption and compliance professionals to Laxenburg from countries including Austria, Brazil, France, Hungary, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Panama, Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, and Zambia.

The two-day event featured interactive lectures with Michael Johnston, Distinguished Professor at IACA, Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, Daniel Li, former Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations of the Hong Kong Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC), and Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent, former Under-Secretary General for Governance at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and a graduate of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS)programme.

Alumni also had the chance to network with participants in the 2017 IACA Summer Academy. IACA’s alumni network now includes more than 1,100 professionals in 153 countries and jurisdictions.

Nigerian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 25 July H.E. Ms. Vivian Nwunaku Rose Okeke, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Nigeria ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2012.

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