European Commission Representative and Chinese Delegation at IACA

Delegations from the European Commission and the People’s Republic of China visited IACA on Thursday for discussions and updates on the Academy’s activities.

Mr. Jörg Wojahn, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Austria, met Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, to address several issues of mutual interest, in particular the institutions’ roles in contributing to and fostering the rule of law, human rights, and sustainable development.

IACA has consistently emphasized the strong links between anti-corruption and further progress in each of these areas, especially in the context of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Later on Thursday, IACA welcomed a separate delegation led by H.E. Mr. Zhongjun Shi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the International Organizations in Vienna.

The delegation, which also included representatives from China’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, attended a briefing on current and upcoming developments at IACA. H.E. Mr. Shi and IACA representatives also held talks to explore possibilities for further cooperation between China and the Academy.

China acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2014.

IACA and India’s Central Vigilance Commission to Strengthen Relations

IACA and India’s Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) have agreed to further intensify their working and service relations following a visit by the head of the CVC to the Academy last week.

During productive and wide-ranging discussions, Hon. Shri K.V. Chowdary, Central Vigilance Commissioner of the Republic of India, expressed his high appreciation for IACA’s programmes and trainings.

These include multiple tailor-made trainings that IACA delivered at the request of the CVC for groups of senior Indian vigilance officers and officials from public sector companies, most recently in March 2017.

The two-week programmes covered topics such as organizational integrity, corruption prevention, fraud detection, and good governance. Feedback from participants was extremely positive, with an overall evaluation score of 4.9 out of 5 for IACA’s services.

Last week’s meeting followed previous discussions between IACA and Hon. Shri Chowdary in February during an IACA mission to India.

The CVC is an apex Indian governmental body created in 1964 to address governmental corruption. It has the status of an autonomous body, free of control from any executive authority, and is charged with monitoring all vigilance activity under the Central Government of India, and advising various authorities in Central Government organizations in planning, executing, reviewing, and reforming their vigilance work.

Indonesian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 22 June H.E. Mr. Darmansjah Djumala, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Indonesia ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2013.

Tailor-made Training for Korean Energy Sector Companies

Anti-corruption specialists from the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company (KHNP) and some of the country’s other leading energy and rail firms completed a tailor-made training at IACA today.

In addition to KHNP, the participants came from Korea Electric Power Corporation, Korea Midland Power Company, Korea Rail Network Authority, and Korea Electric Power Corporation – Nuclear Fuel.

The five-day programme featured external and internal IACA lecturers and covered themes including fraud detection and prevention, public sector corruption, international efforts to curb corruption, comparative studies on anti-corruption policies, and organizational integrity.

Complementing these classroom sessions were study visits to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IACA previously delivered tailor-made trainings for representatives of the Korean energy sector (including KHNP) in June 2016 and for KHNP officials in September 2015.

Tailor-made trainings are IACA’s customized programmes for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions, addressing the unique challenges that each one faces in preventing and fighting corruption.

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IACA Highlights Regional Cooperation at ECO Meeting

Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, emphasized the importance of regional collaboration in the fight against corruption at a high-level Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) gathering in Baku, Azerbaijan earlier this week.

In his remarks at the 3rd Meeting of the Heads of Anti-corruption Organizations and Ombudsmen of the ECO Member States on 6 June, Mr. Kreutner said effective links between countries can help in promoting anti-corruption activities, exchanging information, and elaborating best practices. He also pointed to the roles and responsibilities of ombudsmen and anti-corruption authorities to be sherpas for human rights in a world of increasing polarization, conflict, and distrust.

ECO is a Eurasian intergovernmental organization that aims to improve development and promote trade and investment opportunities among its ten Member States. Six of these are IACA Parties: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Turkey.

At the meeting senior officials from Member States’ anti-corruption agencies, ombudsmen, and prosecutors’ offices shared their experiences of cooperating with international and regional anti-corruption mechanisms and implementing preventive measures at national and regional levels.

This year’s event was organized by the Republic of Azerbaijan and chaired by Mr. Zakir Garalov, Prosecutor General of the country. Prominent speakers from the host country also included Mr. Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice, and Mr. Kamran Aliyev, Head of the Anti-Corruption Directorate and Vice President of the fifth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties (AoP).

Within the overall framework, the IACA delegation had bilateral meetings with Mr. Mammadov, the Deputy Secretary-General of ECO, and Heads of Delegation of participating States.

Azerbaijan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2012 and hosted the third session of the AoP in 2014.

El Salvador Delegation Visits IACA

Senior officials from the Court of Accounts of El Salvador were at IACA last week for discussions regarding possible joint initiatives within the framework of the country’s anti-corruption efforts.

Mr. Rodrigo Antonio Barahona, President of the Court of Accounts, emphasized that El Salvador is keen to ensure the sustainability of its anti-corruption work with the help of the Academy’s programmes and activities.

This was followed by an update on current and future developments at IACA by Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary. Mr. Kreutner reiterated the organization’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with El Salvador, including through the Court of Accounts, and to see more of the country’s anti-corruption and compliance professionals participate in IACA’s trainings.

Last week’s discussions followed a previous bilateral meeting in March between Mr. Barahona and Mr. Kreutner during the VII International Anti-Corruption Conference in Lima, Peru.

The Court of Accounts of El Salvador is an independent body of the executive branch in charge of overseeing the public finances and in particular the execution of the budget. Its powers are determined by the Constitution, and its operation, jurisdiction, and administrative regime are regulated by the special law governing its performance.

El Salvador acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in March 2016.

IACA Explores Further Cooperation with Oman

In the latest in a series of meetings between IACA and the Omani authorities, a delegation from the country’s State Audit Institution was on campus earlier this week to discuss ways of strengthening mutual ties in the fight against corruption.

These links could include, among others, the participation of Omani professionals in IACA’s programmes and trainings.

Mr. Nasser Hamood Al-Rawahy, Vice Chair of the State Audit Institution of Oman, gave an update on his organization’s current activities and was in turn briefed on developments at IACA by Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary.

The functions of the institution are to conduct "post facto" audits of State Public Funds, to expose cases of financial irregularities, and to highlight deficiencies in financial laws, rules, and regulations and recommend means of correcting them.

Mongolian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 1 June H.E. Ms. Battungalag Gankhuurai, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Mongolia acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in April 2013.

IACA Tailor-made Training for the ACRC of the Republic of Korea

IACA this week concluded its latest tailor-made training for the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea, delivering a programme for officials from various Korean government ministries and public enterprises.

Guided by external and internal IACA lecturers, the five-day training covered topics such as international efforts to curb corruption, comparative studies of anti-corruption policy, public-private partnerships, public procurement, and organizational integrity. The agenda also included study visits to the Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

IACA has delivered several such trainings for the ACRC, with which it signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012. In addition, Ms. Young Ran Kim, Chairperson of the ACRC, served in her individual capacity as a member of IACA’s Board of Governors from 2012 to 2015.

Tailor-made trainings are IACA’s customized programmes for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions, addressing the unique challenges that each one faces in preventing and fighting corruption.

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Bhutanese Anti-Corruption Officials at IACA

Senior officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan visited IACA on Monday to discuss possible training programmes and technical assistance for Bhutanese anti-corruption and compliance professionals.

The delegation, which was led by Ms. Aum Kinley Yangzom, Chairperson of the Commission, was also briefed on current and upcoming activities at IACA. These include, among others, the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action and the fifth edition of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies, both of which start later in 2017.

Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, said the organization looks forward to seeing more students and participants from Bhutan in future programmes and trainings.

Bhutanese anti-corruption and compliance professionals are already part of IACA’s worldwide alumni network, which now includes more than 1,100 former students and participants from 152 countries and jurisdictions.

Burkina Faso Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 29 May H.E. Mr. Dieudonné Kere, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Burkina Faso ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in June 2013.

Croatian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 26 May H.E. Ms. Dubravka Plejic Markovic, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Croatia ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2011.

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