Tailor-made training for Holzindustrie Schweighofer in Romania

Earlier this month, IACA delivered a tailor-made training in Romania for the Austrian timber company Holzindustrie Schweighofer. The purpose of the programme was to support the company, which has recently adopted a new code of conduct across the whole organisation, in advancing its core values and rules.

For this purpose, a pool of international and national IACA experts participated in the activities organised for the factories in Reci and Bucharest. In addition, IACA organised a Discussion Forum in Bucharest, where IACA experts and Schweighofer's senior management focused on compliance measures, the introduction of which is necessary to promote a transparent and accountable business. The discussion was enriched by the contribution of Philip Morris International senior compliance experts, who shared their experience in setting up sustainable compliance systems. In the final stage of the programme, IACA will organize in February a workshop in Germany.

This tailor-made training follows on a series of initiatives with the private sector, fulfilling IACA's guiding approach to tackle and prevent corruption across all sectors.

IACA 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.

Iranian delegation visited IACA

A delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran visited IACA’s campus on 22 January 2019 to learn more about IACA’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals around the world and to explore opportunities for enhancing cooperation with the organization in the areas of anti-corruption, compliance, and education.

The delegation was led by Dr. Naser Seraj, President of the General Inspection Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the International Organizations in Vienna. Other officials from the General Inspection Organization also attended the meeting.

Dr. Naser Seraj and Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, also discussed the importance of international cooperation and efforts in preventing and combating corruption. They agreed that the exchange of ideas and dialogues among anti-corruption professionals, as well as specific trainings and academic cooperation, including research activities, are essential for developing such cooperation.

Malaysian Prime Minister Visits IACA

On 21 January 2019, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, visited IACA and addressed the Special Event co-organized by IACA and the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the International Organizations in Vienna on ‘Fighting Corruption in Malaysia: Achievements, Challenges & Perspectives’. Representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations based in Vienna, officials of the host country as well as IACA Alumni and staff participated in the event.DSC 1208 web

In his address, H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad talked about Malaysia’s experience in the fight against corruption and reiterated his objective to eradicate corruption in Malaysia in order to pave the way for a prosperous and progressive society. He particularly pledged his personal commitment to strengthening the mechanism of transparent declaration of assets for public officials and to the protection of whistleblowers.

The Prime Minister also underlined that the prevention of corruption should start from each family and school. In this context, he underlined that the Malaysian authorities have to take every measure to “instill in the minds of the people that corruption is a crime and should not be accepted by anyone”. He added that such measures should be directed primarily at the young people.DSC 1206 web

H.E. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad expressed hope that the constructive cooperation between Malaysia and IACA will continue. The Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA voiced his gratitude to the Government of Malaysia for the support provided to the Academy. In this regard, a reference was made to the events that IACA conducted in Malaysia. For instance, at present the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is hosting in Kuala Lumpur the Module VI on Corruption, Enforcement & Public Sector of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS).

In addition to the twenty-five Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives accredited in Vienna, the Special Event was also attended by the distinguished representatives of Malaysia, including:  H.E. Dato' Haji Marzuki Haji Yahya, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; Tan Sri Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Director-General of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption of Malaysia; H.E. Dato' Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; and H.E. Dato' Ganeson Sivagurunathan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Malaysia to IACA.

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.

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Finnish Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 21 January, H.E. Mrs. Pirkko Hämäläinen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Finland has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since 2014.

IACA attends the Kuwait International Conference on “Integrity for Development”

Upon invitation by the Chair of the Kuwait Anticorruption Authority (NAZAHA), His Excellency Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Nemash, Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, attended the Kuwait International Conference on “Integrity for Development,” which took place on 15 and 16 January 2019 at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre, in Kuwait City.

Under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, the conference was organized by NAZAHA in collaboration with the United Nations, and aimed to promote a culture of integrity in societies and institutions, provide education and raise awareness as an integral part of common efforts and responsibilities assumed in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to guarantee the right of future generations to a better life.

Speaking under the session on “Incorporating Integrity into Economic Reforms and Developing the Business Environment”, Mr. Kreutner emphasized the role of IACA in facilitating the implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Conventions against Corruption (UNCAC) regarding the role of private sector in preventing and combating corruption, as well as promoting transparency, integrity, and competitiveness.  He further referred to the benefits of public-private partnership and the importance of anti-corruption compliance regulations that private and corporate entities need to develop in order to prevent and combat corrupted practices.

During his stay in Kuwait, the Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA also met with the Chair of NAZAHA to identify ways to further intensify cooperation between the two entities. In particular, possibilities to organize joint activities, professional trainings and awareness raising events were discussed.

The State of Kuwait become a Party to the Agreement for Establishing IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement) on 4 May 2015.

Developing co-operation between IACA and the State of Qatar

IACA further strengthened its ties with the State of Qatar by concluding a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the country’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA) that paves the way for deeper cooperation in education, training, and the exchange of experts.

The MoU was signed in Doha on 19 December 2018 by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and H.E. Mr. Hamad bin Nasser Al-Missned, President of ACTA.

“This MoU represents a significant step in IACA’s cooperation with the State of Qatar, and we look forward to working on a range of possible joint activities with ACTA, and to welcoming additional students and participants from the State of Qatar to our future programmes and trainings,” Mr. Kreutner commented.

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Furthermore, on 19 and 20 December 2018, IACA delivered a tailor-made anti-corruption training for more than 40 professionals from the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and several Ministries of the Government of the State of Qatar. Led by expert lecturers in the field, this two-day programme covered global anti-corruption trends and developments, organizational integrity, ethical dilemma case studies, conflict of interest, and other topical issues.

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.

The State of Qatar became a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization (IACA Agreement) on 4 December 2018. In addition, Qatari anti-corruption and compliance professionals are part of IACA’s alumni network of former participants from 161 countries and jurisdictions.

Austria, China, and Georgia contribute funds to IACA

Austria, China, and Georgia have made voluntary contributions of EUR 544,000, 200,000, and 10,000, respectively, to IACA’s budget in 2018 to support the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

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

All three countries are Parties to the IACA Agreement.

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.

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