Anti-Corruption Course for Experts from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan held at IACA

From 23 to 25 September IACA held a three-day tailor-made course for anti-corruption and compliance practitioners from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Co-sponsored by the Russian Federation, this was the fourth such programme developed by IACA for professionals from the region and designed to strengthen regional networks and capacities to fight corruption.

Twenty participants from the public and private sector, as well as academia and civil society, attended lectures delivered by internationally renowned experts at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg. Topics covered included anti-money laundering, organizational integrity, corruption and fraud investigations, extradition and asset recovery, and corruption risk assessment, among others. The group also visited the Vienna International Centre (VIC) and attended a special lecture at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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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.

Thailand Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 25 September 2019, H.E. Ms. Morakot Sriswasdi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), presented her credentials to Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of IACA.

Thailand has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement) since 2011.

Henan Province delegation visits IACA

A delegation from the Chinese Henan Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision visited IACA on 20 September for discussion on cooperation opportunities.

The focus was set particularly on the possibility to establish a long-term arrangement for the development and delivery of education programmes for the Henan Province officials.

The delegation was led by Mr. Liu Quan, Deputy Director of the Discipline Inspection and Supervision Commission of the Henan Province, who was accompanied by other five representatives from supervision committees and investigation offices, as well as two representatives from the Czech-Chinese Association of Economic and Trade Exchange.

Workshop “Clean Business Practices are Paying off - Instruments and Strategies to Counter the Risk of Corruption in the Foreign Business”

IACA together with the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the Foreign Trade Austria of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce will co-organize the workshop “Clean Business Practices are Paying off - Instruments and Strategies to Counter the Risk of Corruption in the Foreign Business”.

The main goal of this workshop is to identify best practices related to the role of enterprises in preventing and countering corrupt business practices in the area of foreign trade.” This workshop will be held on 7 October 2019 from 9 am to 11.15 am at the WKO – Chamber of Commerce, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1040 Vienna, Room 5, in German and partially in English.

Please register by email to office@oecd-leitsaetze.at or by phone +43 1 96902 5480 until Wednesday, 2 October 2019.

The programme (in German) can be viewed here.

Start of IACA’s Sixth Regional Summer Academy

20 September marked the official opening of IACA’s sixth Regional Summer Academy for anti-corruption and compliance professionals from Central and South America. Altogether 70 participants from 12 countries are currently gathered in Sao Paulo for the eight days training programme which lasts until 27 September 2019.

Under the theme of “Practice meets Science”, participants will develop and deepen their existing anti-corruption knowledge, learning from one another and gaining new insights into addressing and preventing corruption in the region.

The training programme includes teambuilding exercises, intensive in-class sessions, round-table discussion on third party due diligence, social event in the city of Sao Paulo and a festive closing ceremony.

The guests of honor at the Official Opening Ceremony Mr. Martim Della Valle, Founder of Zenith Source and IACA Frequent visiting lecturer, and Mr. Leandro Dos Santos De Souza representing the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU) encouraged participants to use the time to network, share their experiences, and make friends among peers.

The Regional Summer Academy - Central and South America is the second this year following the just ended Regional Summer Academy - East and South East Asia in Seoul, Republic of South Korea.

IACA welcomed the delegation of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf

IACA welcomed the delegation of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) led by H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the GCC, who visited IACA’s campus in Laxenburg on 17 September 2019 to learn about IACA’s work related to anti-corruption education and to discuss avenues for further cooperation between IACA and the GCC.

 Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of IACA, provided the GCC delegation with recent updates on IACA’s activities. The discussions covered the participation of nationals of GCC Member States in IACA’s programmes as well as possibilities of spreading IACA’s expertise in the fight against corruption among professionals of countries of the Gulf.

 H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani was accompanied by H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh bin Ali Al Gheilani, Head of the Permanent Observer Mission of the GCC to the United Nations in Vienna, as well as representatives of the GCC Secretariat and Permanent Observer Mission of the GCC in Vienna.

 Four GCC Member States are IACA Parties: the Kingdom of Bahrain (since 28 November 2016), the State of Kuwait (since 4 May 2015), the State of Qatar (since 4 December 2018), and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (since 23 June 2013).

Application for additional scholarship covering programme fee for the MACS 2019-2021 programme

IACA wishes to inform all eligible and interested candidates for the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme that an additional programme fee waiver scholarship for the 2019-2021 intake is available. The programme will commence on 1 October with the first pre-module (self-study) phase. The first in-class session will take place at the IACA campus in early November of this year. 

The applications can be sent until 25 September 2019 through https://www.iaca.int/academic-programmes/macs.html. In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates have to be eligible to apply for the MACS programme as defined here. Candidates eligible to apply for the scholarship include nationals of  Least Developed Countries, as defined by the United Nations, and of IACA Member States, listed under the World Bank Classification of Countries by Income as the Lower-Middle- and Upper-Middle-Income Economies. This is a highly competitive, merit-based scholarship, and it covers the programme fee for the MACS studies. All other expenses associated with attending the MACS programme, such as travel and accommodation expenses, would need to be covered by the student. 

Malaysia contributes funds to IACA

Malaysia has made a voluntary contribution amounting to EUR 50,000 to IACA’s 2019 general budget to support the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

Together with the contribution made earlier this year, Malaysia has donated EUR 100,000 to IACA in 2019. So far, Malaysia has provided IACA with a total funding of EUR 951,698.97.

This new contribution will facilitate the implementation of the organization’s various education, training, and capacity-building activities.

Malaysia has been one of the most active partners of IACA since its inception and joined as a Party in January 2012.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement. Click here for further details.

Slovenian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 13 September 2019, H.E. Ms. Barbara Žvokelj, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Slovenia to the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), presented her credentials to Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of IACA.

Slovenia has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement) since 2011.

Nigeria contributes funds to IACA

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has made a voluntary contribution amounting to EUR 47,466.13 to IACA’s general budget to support the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

Together with the contribution made earlier this year, Nigeria has donated EUR 76,242.11 in 2019. So far, Nigeria has provided IACA with a total funding of EUR 162,957.15.

This new contribution will facilitate the implementation of IACA’s education, training, and capacity-building activities under its current Work Programme 2017 - 2020.

Nigeria has been a Party to IACA since 2012.

Voluntary contributions by Parties are mentioned as a core element of the organization’s financing under Article XI.(1).a of the IACA Agreement. Click here for further details.

IACA’s Regional Summer Academy - South and East Asia Closed on Friday

The fifth edition of the Regional Summer Academy, modeled after IACA’s flagship Summer Academy programme, has reached its conclusion last Friday, 6 September in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The programme gathered 48 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 11 countries of the region for eight days of fruitful discussions and interaction with peers, leading experts, and seasoned practitioners.

The audience included representatives of the public and private sectors, international organizations, academia, and civil society, while the speakers came from a wide variety of leading institutions, including OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Korea (ACRC), George Washington University Law School, Korea University, SOAS University of London, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Siemens, and Himalmedia. Programme also included a round-table on Compliance and Collective Action, which was very well received and saw panelists from TRACE – Asia Pacific, School of Criminal Investigation – Singapore Police Force, Transparency International Korea, Lotte Shopping, Siemens, and Sanofi Korea.

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As in previous years, the interdisciplinary programme blended theory and practice, addressing anti-corruption and compliance topics and issues from diverse perspectives: politics, compliance and collective action, integrity and corruption prevention, law, psychology, economics, good governance, and enforcement.

This year’s Regional Summer Academy participants now join the IACA alumni association, a worldwide network of more than 2,250 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 162 countries and jurisdictions.

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Since it began in 2015, the IACA Regional Summer Academy editions have attracted and empowered 222 professionals from Latin America, Eastern Africa, the Middle East, East and Southeast Asia, and most recently, South and East Asia. IACA is delivering another Regional Summer Academy from 20 to 27 September 2019 for the Central and South America in São Paulo, Brazil.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Presents Credentials

On 5 September 2019, His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah bin Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative to the International Anti-Corruption Academy, presented his credentials to Ms. Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, Officer-in-Charge of IACA.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement) since 2013.

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