IACA and WKO Deliver Workshop in Vienna

IACA and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) co-organized a workshop for business sector professionals last week on standards, guidance, and benchmarks in anti-corruption compliance.

The half-day event in Vienna on 5 October looked at how companies can implement effective compliance programmes based on numerous standards and guidelines, and how compliance officers can benefit from benchmarking.

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Speakers included senior experts from the legal, compliance, finance, and professional services sectors, in addition to IACA faculty.

IACA will be holding more workshops in the coming months, and details will be published on our website.

IACA Supports 7th Anti-Bribery and Corruption Forum

IACA is again supporting the Annual Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forum, the seventh edition of which will take place in London on 15 and 16 November. For more information and to register, please click here.

This international gathering of experts and practitioners will address topics including new EU whistle-blower protection rules; the impact of FinTech, digitalization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning on anti-bribery and corruption compliance; third-party risk management and ethical sourcing; and the effectiveness of training and education in anti-bribery and corruption.

Besides IACA, organizations represented at the forum will include, among others, the European Public Prosecutor's Office, the UK Home Office, UK Treasury, and Crown Prosecution Service, the US Department of Justice, INTERPOL, the G20/B20, and Transparency International, as well as multinational companies and financial institutions.

IACA also supported this event in 2016 and 2017.

The full programme and other details are available here.

IACA Hosts Negotiations on New Data Exchange Treaty for Southeast Europe

IACA last week hosted the first round of formal negotiations on a new international treaty that aims to strengthen the anti-corruption capacities of national authorities in Southeast Europe.

The meeting in Laxenburg on 3 - 4 October concerned the International Treaty on Exchange of Data for the Verification of Asset Declarations. The purpose of the Treaty is to help prevent and combat corruption by providing for direct administrative exchange of information between Parties concerning asset declarations.

It has been developed under a programme being implemented by the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

The first round of formal negotiations was organized in Austria, which reflects the current Austrian EU Presidency’s support for countries in the region in concluding the Treaty.

The RAI is an intergovernmental organization working in nine member states across Southeast Europe. Its mission is to lead regional cooperation to support anti-corruption efforts by providing a common platform for discussions through sharing knowledge and best practices.

The basis of the Treaty is the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and States Parties Resolution 6/4. The latter encourages Member States to consider the possibility of concluding multilateral agreements on civil and administrative matters relating to corruption, including international cooperation.

Vienna Breakfast Briefing on Artificial Intelligence and Compliance - 12 October

You are warmly invited to attend a breakfast briefing organized by IACA in cooperation with Baker McKenzie in Vienna on Friday 12 October. The event is entitled Artificial Intelligence: A silver lining for compliance? and will focus on how artificial intelligence (AI) is set to be a game-changer in the business, governance, and compliance fields.

The briefing is an opportunity to gain insights on the evolution of AI by looking at compliance and anti-corruption, with a focus on overall compliance systems including corporate culture and risk assessment. 

If you have questions, please contact IACA on studies@iaca.int

Practical details

When: Friday 12 October 2018, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Where: Baker McKenzie, Schottenring 25, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Registration: Please register by 8 October by sending your full name, current position, and affiliation to studies@iaca.int

Please note: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis due to a limited number of places.

IACA Supports 3rd Anti-Corruption Collective Action Conference - Basel, 14 - 15 Nov

The International Center for Collective Action (ICCA) at the Basel Institute on Governance will hold its 3rd Anti-Corruption Collective Action Conference on 14 – 15 November 2018 in Basel, Switzerland. IACA, which like the Institute is an Integrity Partner of the Siemens Integrity Initiative, is pleased to support the conference.

High-profile speakers and panellists at the event include:

Andreas Hoffmann - General Counsel of Siemens AG

Erik Fyrwald - Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta AG

Steve Zimmermann - Senior Adviser Governance, Global Practice Group, World Bank

Professor Robert Klitgaard - Adviser to governments around the world on government reform and economic strategy, member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty

Lisa Miller - Head, Integrity Compliance Unit, World Bank

Mark Pieth - Founder and President of the Board of the Basel Institute, former Chair of the Working Group on Bribery at the OECD

Michael Silverman - Special Counsel at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed

The 2018 conference will review the evolution of multi-stakeholder approaches to tackling corruption. It will also look to the future with a view to establishing Collective Action as a go-to anti-corruption tool for companies that want to engage with others in revolutionary ways to stop bribery.

In doing so, the conference will build on the previous two events, which looked at success factors of Collective Action and explored the different Collective Action formulas employed so far.

Key sessions and debates will focus on constructive engagement between the private sector and law enforcement to counter corruption; how to ensure a successful Collective Action remains sustainable; the relevance of context; the role of technological and digital advances, such as e-governance and blockchain, that may offer revolutionary solutions and how these can be harnessed by the private sector together with others when combating corruption; and converging risk management addressing corruption and human rights in furtherance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

What: Anti-Corruption Collective Action – Evolution to Revolution

When: 14 - 15 November 2018

Where: Volkshaus Basel, Rebgasse 12-14, 4058 Basel, Switzerland

Registration is now open to attend the conference.

The full agenda, speaker bios, venue information, and other information can be found here.

Seventh Assembly of Parties Ends Successfully

The seventh session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties ended successfully in Vienna on Friday with the unanimous adoption of seven resolutions and the election of new members of the organization’s Board of Governors.

Throughout the two-day gathering, representatives voiced their strong support for IACA, underlined the importance of its global work, and gave strongly positive feedback on the quality and relevance of its academic degree programmes, open trainings, and tailor-made trainings.

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Member States broadly commended IACA for its achievements and global recognition in spite of the Academy’s limited resources, underscored the necessity of a suitably well-funded general budget, and indicated desires for increased cooperation, including with regard to the organization’s financial resources and stability.

Following the elections to the Board of Governors, the organ will include new members, serving in their individual capacities, from the following countries: Egypt (African Group), China (Asia-Pacific Group), Iraq (Asia-Pacific Group), Republic of Korea (Asia-Pacific Group), and the Russian Federation (Eastern European Group). In addition, the appointee of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was re-elected to the Board.

The Republic of Kazakhstan extended an invitation to IACA’s constituency to host the eighth session of the Assembly in 2019, an offer that was accepted with appreciation by the organization’s Parties.

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The Assembly unanimously elected H.E. Mr. Víctor Alfredo Veltze Michel, Bolivia (Plurinational State of) (Latin American and Caribbean Group) as the President of the seventh session, succeeding H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Egypt (African Group). H.E. Mr. Veltze Michel thanked the outgoing President for his excellent work and pledged his full support for the work of the Assembly.

The Vice Presidents of the seventh session are H.E. Mr. Dong-ik Shin, Republic of Korea (Asia-Pacific Group) and Mr. Gocha Lordkipanidze, Georgia (Eastern European Group). The Rapporteurs are Mr. Charles Oko, Nigeria (African Group) and Mr. Abdullah N. Al-Obaidi, Kuwait (Asia-Pacific Group).

More than 280 delegates from all regions of the world participated in the two-day gathering, which began on Thursday. The delegates represented more than 80 national and institutional delegations and included government ministers.

Fundraising activities and the financial stability of IACA were major themes throughout the conference. In their remarks to delegates on Thursday, Martin Kreutner, Dean of IACA and Executive Secretary to the Assembly, and Eduardo Vetere, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, strongly urged Parties to renew and reinforce their commitments to the organization in order to put it on a more stable and sustainable financial footing.

On Friday delegates received an overview of IACA’s programmes and activities and of progress in its core areas of work. This took the form of a series of short interventions from a panel of IACA staff and alumni from around the world.

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Delegates attended two side events in the framework of the Assembly. One of these, jointly organized by IACA, the Republic of Austria, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), discussed “Assessing and Addressing the Impact of Corruption on Migration”.

The other, hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna, focused on “Governance for Sustainable Development: Building Transparency and Accountability in Kazakhstan”.

In addition, IACA hosted a panel discussion entitled “Corruption Kills: Corruption and Aid”, with the aim of assessing the impact of corruption in the aid sector and identifying the major challenges in preventing and combating it.

Shortly after the conclusion of the Assembly, IACA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Agency for Prevention of Corruption of Montenegro, paving the way for closer mutual co-operation in the field of anti-corruption and compliance.

Documents from the Assembly, including speeches and adopted Resolutions, will be made available for download here.

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IACA’s Seventh Assembly of Parties Opens in Vienna

The seventh session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties opened on Thursday in Vienna with more than 270 delegates from all regions of the world.

The delegates, representing more than 70 national and institutional delegations and including government ministers, will spend the two–day meeting discussing IACA’s overall objectives and strategy. Prominent agenda items include fundraising activities and the financial stability of the Academy, the implementation of its current Work Programme, and elections to its Board of Governors.

The session was opened by the President of the Assembly, H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna (African Group), who expressed confidence that this session would further strengthen the organization and its vital work.

In his address, Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and the Executive Secretary to the Assembly, warned that corruption poses a serious threat to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and urged delegations to increase their support for the Academy.

“The fight against corruption is one that the world simply must win. By your actions at this Assembly — and in particular by taking much stronger ownership of the organization — you can enable IACA to play a larger and more effective role in this struggle,” he concluded.

Parties expressed their strong support for IACA’s work and broadly commended the organization for its achievements. They gave highly positive feedback on its numerous academic degree programmes and trainings, including the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) as well as its Regional Summer Academies and tailor-made trainings.

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In his report to the Assembly, Eduardo Vetere, Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors, thanked his colleagues on the Board, including the outgoing members, for their constant and highly valuable engagement and support.

He congratulated IACA for its achievements to date and for having created an established global brand in anti-corruption and compliance education in spite of extremely limited human and financial resources.

The Chairperson thanked those Parties that had made financial contributions to IACA’s general budget, noting in particular host country Austria’s continued engagement and generous support over many years. He also expressed gratitude to Liechtenstein for making the first ever financial contribution to IACA in accordance with the “let crime pay" principle”, as well as to Pakistan for its financial contribution to the IACA library.

However, Mr. Vetere strongly urged Parties to renew and reinforce their commitments to IACA, in particular to put the organization on a more stable and sustainable financial footing.

“Improving IACA’s financial situation requires wholehearted support from its constituency. By ‘support’, I do not mean discussions and nice words. I mean concrete resource commitments,” he said.

Delegates also attended a side event on Thursday on the impact of corruption on migration.

The session will continue on Friday. Further updates will be published on IACA’s website and social media channels, and speeches will be made available for download here.

IACA Delivers Third Anti-Corruption Training for EAEU Member States

Anti-corruption and compliance professionals from all five Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States gathered at IACA’s Laxenburg campus last week for a three-day training programme. Co-sponsored by the Russian Federation, the tailor-made training was designed to strengthen regional capacities to fight corruption.

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Twenty-five participants from diverse backgrounds in the public and private sectors, academia, civil society, and international organizations attended sessions delivered by expert lecturers. They discussed topics including anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism, corruption risk assessment, whistle-blower protection, and conflict of interest management, among others.

Participants also made a study visit to Vienna International Centre where they were given a tour and attended a special lecture at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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This was the third such training developed by IACA for professionals from EAEU countries. Participants hailed from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Russian Federation.

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.

For more information on the Academy’s tailor-made training programmes, click here.

Czech Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 25 September, H.E. Ivo Šrámek, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, the Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The Czech Republic is a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since June 2011.

Compliance Technology Seminar at IACA

Last week, IACA delivered a two-day compliance technology seminar for anti-corruption compliance and collective action professionals at its Laxenburg campus. The seminar focused on how emerging technologies will drive changes in anti-corruption compliance systems.

Topics covered included, among others, regulatory technology and the disruption of anti-corruption compliance, the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on anti-corruption regulatory frameworks, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrencies. The programme also featured panel discussions on the crossroads of AI and compliance, as well as blockchain and the future of anti-corruption compliance in disruptive markets.

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Expert lecturers provided theoretical and practical insights from their diverse experiences, generating stimulating discussions with participants.

This was the first in a series of seminars on new technologies and their impact on regulatory and anti-corruption compliance. Details of the next seminar will be published soon.

Malaysian Prime Minister Expresses Strong Support for IACA

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, has pledged his strong support to IACA as part of his country’s current efforts to substantially increase the fight against corruption nationally, regionally, and internationally. At the same time he expressed his appreciation for IACA’s widely recognized accomplishments in the past.

The Prime Minister made the pledge at a bilateral meeting in Putrajaya on Wednesday with Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary.

During their discussions, H.E. Tun Dr. bin Mohamad informed Mr. Kreutner that Malaysia had made a further contribution of 100,000 EUR to IACA’s general budget. The Prime Minister added that his country intends to continue its long-standing cooperation with IACA across a range of joint anti-corruption and compliance activities.

During his visit Mr. Kreutner also met His Honourable Datuk Liew Viu Keong, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, and Dato' Sri Mohd Shukri Abdull, Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

In addition to the country’s regular financial contributions, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy has previously hosted two off-site modules of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies programme.

Furthermore, Tan Sri Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Director-General of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption of Malaysia, is a visiting expert at IACA (on a pro bono basis) and a long-standing member of the organization’s Board of Governors.

Malaysia has been a Party to IACA since early 2012 and was one of the original signatories to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

IACA and Kyrgyzstan Discuss Cooperation

H.E. Mr. Zhenish Razakov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, visited IACA on Monday to discuss potential closer cooperation in the field of anti-corruption, including through programmes, trainings, and other activities.

During the meeting Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, provided an update on IACA’s many current and upcoming activities. These include, among others, preparations for the seventh session of the Assembly of Parties on 27 – 28 September in Vienna, as well as the second edition of the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), a degree programme for professionals from the business sector that starts in January 2019.

The deputy Prime Minister also briefed the IACA delegation on current anti-corruption developments in his country. He was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Bakyt Dzhusupov, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to IACA.

Kyrgyzstan has been a Party to IACA since 2015.

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