Ambassador of Finland Presents Credentials

On 24 October, H.E. Anu Irene Laamanen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Finland to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

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

EPAC/EACN Workshop on Information Exchange

A workshop on information exchange among anti-corruption authorities and police oversight bodies, part of the European Partners against Corruption / European European contact-point network against corruption (EPAC/EACN), is taking place at IACA’s Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein today.

The full day event is devoted to examining whether EPAC/EACN needs an information exchange system, and if so, which features it should have. EPAC/EACN brings together more than 80 authorities from Council of Europe and EU Member States, serving as an independent forum for practitioners to exchange experiences and cooperate across national borders in the prevention of and fight against corruption.

The workshop is organized by the Austrian Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK) and supported by IACA, the host of the EPAC/EACN (Technical) Secretariat.

Chinese Senior Officials Visit IACA

IACA received Zhang Zhigang, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Supervision, and a delegation of senior officials from the People’s Republic of China today.

The visit follows up on China’s recent accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization on 16 September 2014. The two sides agreed to boost cooperation in the fight against corruption and consulted on future capacity building projects of common interest. There was also a mutual understanding that IACA’s links with the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group may be strengthened, with the support of Member States.

In the course of the meeting, the delegation also informed IACA that the People’s Republic of China will send a high-level representation to the upcoming session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Bhutanese Speaker of Parliament Visits IACA

This morning IACA received H.E. Jingme Zangpo, Speaker of the Parliament, and representatives of the Bhutanese government. This was the country’s first official visit to the Academy since its establishment as an international organization in 2011.

The delegation was welcomed by Christiane Pohn-Hufnagl, IACA’s Chief of Staff, and other staff members.

In the course of the meeting, the representatives were introduced to the operational framework of IACA, its technical assistance programmes, and overall role in the global anti-corruption arena. Discussions centred on education in the prevention of corruption, and the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) in particular.

Bhutan was invited to accede to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization at its earliest convenience and to take part in the organization’s standardized trainings.

Report on GRECO Round IV Evaluations in Strasbourg

An in-depth report on emerging trends from the experiences of two years of GRECO Round IV Evaluations will be presented at the 65th GRECO plenary meeting in Strasbourg this week. It is the first general stocktaking of results and perspectives since the round was launched in January 2012.

The ongoing fourth round of evaluations focuses on strengthening the capacity of parliamentarians, judges, and prosecutors in their own ranks. The priority issues addressed in respect of the functions under review include ethical principles, rules of conduct, and conflicts of interest; prohibitions of restrictions on certain activities; declarations of assets, income, liabilities, and interest; the enforcement of applicable rules; and awareness.

The report was compiled by Mr. Glaser and Ms. Haubender from the Vienna University of Economics and Business on the basis of discussions at a multi-stakeholder conference in April this year. The conference was organized by GRECO, the Austrian Ministry of Justice, and IACA, with financial support from the Principality of Monaco.

GRECO Round IV Evaluations Conference Report

Visit from Pakistan’s Anti-Corruption Establishment

On 23 September, a delegation from the Anti-Corruption Establishment of Pakistan arrived the IACA campus for a session of information exchange.

Apart from introducing IACA to the role and achievements of the Pakistani authority, the delegates also had an opportunity to hear about the Academy’s work and capacity-building programmes in anti-corruption.

The visit, moreover, explored possibilities for future cooperation as well as the authority’s participation in a tailor-made package of trainings by IACA.

Anti-Corruption in the Infrastructure Sector Training Starts

ACA’s newest programme, the Anti-Corruption in the Infrastructure Sector Training, started this Monday.

Focusing on sector-specific vulnerabilities to corruption, the training aims to strengthen skills and capacities to prevent and mitigate corruption risks in infrastructure projects.

Over three action-packed days, a dozen professionals are benefitting from the rich curriculum on the types of corruption mechanisms in the infrastructure sector, the costs they represent, and how to best counter them. With participants from around the world of diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, extensive knowledge sharing is ensured.

The Anti-Corruption in the Infrastructure Sector Training is taught by Neill Stansbury, Co-founder and Director of the Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) and one of the leading experts in the field. Neill is also a construction lawyer who spent over 30 years in the international infrastructure sector.

People’s Republic of China Joins IACA

IACA proudly confirms that on 16 September 2014, the People’s Republic of China deposited its instrument of accession with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

With the accession of China to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, the total number of IACA Parties stands at 59.

Renewed Cooperation with the NACC of Thailand

This morning, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) of Thailand renewed its commitment to IACA through an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation, concluded in 2010.

The prolonged memorandum confirms an uninterrupted term of support between the NACC and IACA.

Vicha Mahakun, Commissioner of the NACC and a member of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board (ISAB) arrived at the Academy today for the signing ceremony, along with 57 representatives from the NACC. The latter will be taking part in a tailor-made training this week, developed in response to the unique requirements of the anti-corruption authority.

Lectures on international cooperation, whistleblowing, investigation designs, procurement fraud, collective action, and integrity pacts are on the agenda. IACA’s Dean, Martin Kreutner, Professor Christopher Yukins, the Basel Institute’s Gemma Aiofi, and independent consultant Anna Myers will be here to offer their expertise on the subject matters as well as other issues of particular relevance to the NACC’s anti-corruption regime. The curriculum also includes study visits to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Austria’s Federal Anti-Corruption Bureau.

This is the second training on anti-corruption and governance that IACA custom-designed for the NACC. The first took place in March 2013.

Delegation from Kuwait visits Laxenburg

A five-member delegation from the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority paid a visit to IACA today, accompanied by a representative of the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the International Organizations in Vienna.

Abdulrahman Al-Nemash, Head of Delegation, expressed his country’s interest in IACA’s capacity-building programmes, emphasizing the key role of education in corruption prevention. Next to the possibilities of exploring links of cooperation between both institutions on an educational level, technical details on Kuwait’s accession to the IACA Agreement also formed part of the meeting.

Dialogue with Saudi Arabia and Uganda

The Academy received two courtesy visits yesterday, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Uganda. Saud bin Ahmed Alhamad, Vice President of the Saudi Investigation Commission, led a twenty-member delegation to meet Martin Kreutner, Dean of IACA, to discuss cooperation modalities.

Saudi Arabia became a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization last summer.

In the afternoon, Justice Mike Chibita, Director of Public Prosecutions in Uganda, was received by Elisabeth Täubl, IACA’s Deputy Chief of Staff, to learn more about the organization’s work and what role it can play in providing technical assistance for offices such as his. A Signatory since 2010, Uganda is yet to ratify IACA’s founding treaty.

A delegation from the Kuwaiti anti-corruption authority is expected later today. Stay tuned for more news.

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