Fifth IACA Assembly of Parties Comes to a Successful Close

The fifth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties reached a successful conclusion in Vienna today with the unanimous adoption of four resolutions aimed at supporting and strengthening the Academy’s future activities.

Throughout the session, which began on 10 November, delegates voiced their strong support for IACA and underlined the importance of its global work in anti-corruption education, research, capacity-building, networking, and cooperation. They gave overwhelmingly positive feedback on the quality and relevance of IACA’s programmes and activities and broadly commended the Academy for its achievements and global recognition in spite of its limited resources.

The adopted Resolutions cover matters such as the financial stability and sustainability of IACA‘s general budget, and the next Work Programme and budget.

In their statements, Mr. Eduardo Vetere, the Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors, and Mr. Martin Kreutner, the Academy’s Dean and Executive Secretary, informed the Assembly about the organization's recent progress and achievements, emphasizing that an adequately funded general budget is essential for IACA to continue fulfilling its mandate.

The Assembly elected H.E. Mr. Mariano Grossi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna (GRULAC), as President of the fifth session.

"It is an honour to have been elected to this position, and I very much look forward to working with all of IACA's Parties and other stakeholders to support its work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals around the world," H.E. Mr. Grossi said.

Mr. Kamran Aliyev, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Azerbaijan (EEG), and H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna (African Group), were elected as Vice-Presidents. Mr. Patrick Ritter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Principality of Liechtenstein (WEOG) and Mr. Indra Rosandry from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the International Organizations in Vienna (Asia-Pacific Group), will serve as Rapporteurs to this session.

The Assembly was attended by more than 250 representatives from 70 national and institutional delegations from around the world, representing all UN Regional Groups.

Furthermore, the delegation of Egypt extended an invitation to IACA’s constituency to host the sixth session of the Assembly of Parties in 2017, an offer that was accepted with appreciation by the organization’s Parties.

Speeches and other documents related to the Assembly will be available for download here in the coming days.

Tailor-made Training for National Anti-Corruption Commission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

IACA delivered its first tailor-made training for the National Anti-Corruption Commission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Nazaha) in Riyadh this week.

The five-day programme ran from 6 to 10 November and covered a wide range of topical themes including, among others, international legal frameworks on corruption, the role of anti-corruption agencies, whistle-blower protection, and corruption risk analysis. In addition to the Nazaha participants, public sector officials from Oman and Kuwait also took part in the training.

The opening speech was given by the Vice President of Nazaha for the Protection of Integrity, Mr. Bander Ahmed Abalkhail. Lecturers for the training were Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, a visiting expert at the Academy, and Mr. Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery.

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 Academy already has a strong pipeline of such trainings scheduled for 2017. For more information, please click here.

Sudanese Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 8 November H.E. Mr. Mohamed Hussein Hassan Zaroug, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Sudan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2016.

Australian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 8 November H.E. Mr. Brendon Charles Hammer, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Australia ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in June 2012.

IACA Co-hosts China-ASEAN Anti-Corruption Workshop

IACA and the Ministry of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China co-hosted a China-ASEAN Anti-Corruption Workshop from 2 to 4 November in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province.

The event addressed ways to strengthen regional cooperation between China and the countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the fight against corruption. In addition, one session focused on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the explicit target to “substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms” under Goal 16.

The workshop attracted around 80 participants, including representatives of several Chinese government ministries and state institutions, officials from Yunnan Province, and delegates from anti-corruption authorities in all ten ASEAN Member States.

The opening keynote speakers included H.E. Mr. Yang Xiaochao, Secretary-General (Minister Rank) of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, and senior officials from Yunnan Province. H.E. Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addressed the workshop via video link.

As well as Mr. Kreutner, the IACA delegation included Dr. Eduard Ivanov, a member of the academic team in the Academy’s Compliance and Collective Action Department, and Professor Robert Klitgaard, a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty.

Within the framework of the event Mr. Kreutner also had a number of bilateral meetings with Chinese officials regarding possible further cooperation and joint initiatives.

H.E. Mr. Huang Shuxian, Minister of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China, previously visited IACA in May 2016 to discuss issues of mutual interest and explore areas of possible partnership and cooperation.

MACS Students Discuss Private Sector Anti-Corruption and Compliance

Students in the 2015-2017 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme finished the in-class part of their current module on Anti-Corruption, Compliance and the Private Sector last week.

Over two weeks at IACA’s Laxenburg campus, the class discussed the challenges of doing business in corrupt environments, the informal economy, effective compliance programmes, corporate social responsibility, internal investigations, and collective action. The schedule included a study visit to the Vienna International Centre for the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC).

Lecturers for this module were Brazilian professor and practising lawyer Dr. Ivo Teixeira Gico, Jr., and investigations expert Mikhail Reider-Gordon from the United States of America, as well as IACA’s Elena Helmer and Martin Zapata. Richard Bistrong, an anti-bribery consultant, speaker, and author, joined the class by video link to discuss his personal experiences in “A Journey through Crime, Cooperation and Compliance”.

The students also managed to fit in some socializing at an international evening on campus. They come from 17 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Denmark, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis, and is specifically designed for working professionals. Applications are now open for the 2017–2019 class, which starts in October 2017. For more information and to apply, please click here.

Finnish Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 28 October H.E. Mr. Hannu Veikko Kyroelaeinen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Finland to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Finland acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in June 2014.

Botswanan Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 24 October H.E. Mr. Mothusi Bruce Rabasha Palai, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Botswana to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Botswana acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in April 2014.

IACA-OECD Side Event on Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Corruption

IACA and the OECD held a well-attended joint side event in Vienna on Thursday that examined the links between organized crime, terrorism, and corruption.

Panellists from several leading international organizations discussed how corruption contributes to the activities of terrorist organizations and organized criminal groups, including increased smuggling of refugees and illegal migrants. The event took place in the framework of the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols Thereto.

The discussion was moderated by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and featured several distinguished speakers: Mr. Patrick Moulette, Head of the Anti-Corruption Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD; Ms. Gabriela Abado, Deputy Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD); Mr. Constantine Palicarsky, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC; Ms. Argentina Szabados, Regional Director for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, International Organization for Migration (IOM); Mr. Eduard Ivanov, Compliance and Collective Action Department, IACA; and Mr. Servatius Van Thiel, Delegation of the European Union to the International Organizations in Vienna.

IACA and the OECD previously held another joint side event in May on "Terrorism and Corruption" within the framework of the 25th session of the United Nations’ Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna.

In addition, on 18 October IACA briefed Permanent Missions on recent institutional developments, programmes, and trainings, including the launch of its new Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action.

IACA Hosts S4ACA Anti-Corruption Conference

IACA was the venue recently for the Final Conference of the “SIENA for Anti-Corruption Authorities (S4ACA)” Project organized by the Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK).

The project was launched in November 2014. Its aim was to enhance international collaboration among law enforcement agencies and national anti-corruption authorities in the framework of Europol’s Secure Information Exchange Network Application (SIENA).

The conference, which took place from 12 to 14 October at IACA’s Laxenburg campus, brought together more than 60 senior representatives from national anti-corruption authorities, Europol, the European Commission, and other relevant entities, as well as experts who participated in the project.

Over the three days participants showed the results of the project’s successful implementation and its contribution to anti-corruption cooperation in Europe. Furthermore, the interactive sessions and discussion, including on issues related to criminal investigations and prevention of corruption, served as a platform for building further on the project’s achievements.

Egyptian Delegation Visits IACA

A delegation from the Egyptian Administrative Control Authority (ACA), the country’s anti-corruption body, visited IACA on Wednesday to discuss possible joint projects and other issues of mutual interest.

The group was led by Mr. Magdy Youssef, Deputy Head of the ACA. The Authority is responsible for detecting and fighting corruption in the government, the private sector, organizations receiving State contributions, and the public business sector.

During the meeting the ACA delegation presented the Authority and its training and capacity-building activities. One topic of discussion was possible future cooperation between IACA and the ACA on trainings in the Middle East and Africa.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, outlined the Academy’s mandate as an international organization and briefed the delegation on new developments. These include the forthcoming new Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (M.ACCA) for private sector practitioners, the fourth intake of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), and numerous standardized and tailor-made trainings.

Egyptian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 19 October H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

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

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