Bilateral Meetings with High-Level Representatives of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

In the framework of his mission to PRC, Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), had bilateral meetings with Mr. Fu Kui, Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Supervision, and Prof. Cao Jianming, Procurator-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Mr. Kreutner informed the distinguished representatives on IACA’s current status and reiterated his invitation to PRC to accede to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization. The discussions also focused on the further strengthening of the bilateral cooperation and exploration of the areas of common interest in the field of anti-corruption.

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Furthermore, IACA has received an invitation to attend the meeting of the 19th Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which is organized under the chairmanship of the PRC in Beijing on 13 – 14 August 2014. The scope of this important gathering is to share the anti-corruption experience and best practices in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

A Walk Down Memory Lane - IACA’s First Alumni Reunion

IACA held its very first alumni reunion last week, bringing together former participants from its open, tailor-made, and academic programmes for a walk down memory lane.

The organization’s alumni group is not conventional. It consists of around 500 graduates, dispersed throughout 120 countries over six continents. Most of them have spent a short period of time at IACA’s Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein, united in one common cause – the prevention of and the fight against corruption.

For some 25 alumni from 14 different countries that took part in the reunion, the miles between them were surmountable. Planes came in from France, Poland, India, Nigeria, and Romania, trains were boarded in Germany, cars drove in from Hungary, and alumni took a break from their workplaces in Vienna to join in.

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Old friendships were rekindled and new ones made during the day and a half of roundtables, lectures, and festivities. Professor Robert Klitgaard held an interactive session on measuring corruption, alumni joined the participants for the Summer Academy for a roundtable on extractive industries, and some overcame their fear of heights during a ride on the historic Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel.

After a taste of local delights and dancing in the evening, alumni bid their adieus on 11 July, vowing to meet each other again. Before departing they also left IACA and the alumni of 2111 with a message; a message carefully sealed and stored away in the chambers of Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein, to be opened by IACA participants on the 100th anniversary of the organization.

IACA’s alumni association was started up in November 2013 with the goal of fostering a lifelong connection between IACA and alumni, promoting interaction among alumni, and connecting them with current students. The association also issues a quarterly magazine, written for alumni by alumni, offering a forum to exchange ideas, explore current topics, and highlight achievements.

The second reunion will be held next summer, alongside other social events the association plans to offer.

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Minister/State Comptroller General visits IACA

On 10 July, H.E. Henri Bruno Bessin, Minister/State Comptroller General of the Superior Authority of State Control of Burkina Faso, paid a visit to IACA.

During the meeting with Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, Comptroller General Bessin reiterated the commitment of Burkina Faso to IACA and emphasized the adherence of his organization to the promotion of good governance in the public institutions of his country. Mr. Kreutner updated Comptroller General Bessin on current developments at the Academy and expressed his gratitude to Burkina Faso for its continuous support to IACA.

After the meeting, H.E. Henri Bruno Bessin took part in the round table “Corruption in Extractive Industries”, which was organized in the frameworkof IACA’s Summer Academy. He familiarized the audience with the measures undertaken by the government of Burkina Faso in combating and preventing corruption in this important sector of the national economy. 

Burkina Faso has been a Party to the IACA Agreement since August 2013. 

The Fourth Summer Academy Draws to a Close

After the wrap-up of the Best of Michael Johnston seminar and the first IACA alumni reunion, students of the Summer Academy bid their farewells on Saturday afternoon. “This has been the professional opportunity of a lifetime,” commented Narelle Willingham, Detective/Inspector at the Victoria Police, Australia.

“Having access to professionals and experts from around the world was priceless. The amazing network and lifelong friendships have been a bonus.”

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Sixty-five students from 46 countries were at the IACA campus from 3 to 12 July, in search of viable ingredients to bridge the gap between theory and practice. With the intention to expose them to the practitioner as well as the policy and academic aspects, the curriculum offered a close look at the hottest topics in anti-corruption.

Participants had a chance to hear from 20 international experts, examine corruption through an interdisciplinary lens, draw on the best of all sectors, and profit from the knowledge and experiences of their diverse peers. Apart from lectures and group work, the Summer Academy offered two roundtables, focusing on corruption in sports and extractive industries this time around.

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In between the condense schedule that came with the programme, students also had time to relax and explore – a tour of Vienna one afternoon and of the Wachau another.

The feedback received from those who attended has been overwhelmingly positive. “Thank you IACA for this most precious knowledge,” Kamal Mammadov, a compliance officer from Azerbaijan expressed. “Keep educating and connecting for a better, safer, and corruption-free world”.

The Summer Academy will be back again next year. The programme is co-sponsored by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

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The Best of Michael Johnston

The fourth in the series of IACA’ “Best of” seminars, featuring the world’s preeminent authorities in anti-corruption, was held in the chambers of its Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein this week.

Professor Michael Johnston, a long-time lecturer at IACA and Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, was here to share his pioneering work in the political economy analysis of corruption over the past 50 years. By way of analyzing statistical indicators and testing proposed categories of corruption through case studies, Professor Johnston identified four major syndromes of corruption – Influence Markets, Elite Cartels, Oligarchs, and Clans and Official Moguls.

Through a sequence of interactive sessions, the students explored these four major syndromes, their qualitative degrees of variation, their patterns of wealth and power, and influence on societies. Professor Johnston also provided detailed insight into the principle of deep democratization, which he describes in his latest book as a continuing process of building workable rules and accountability by bringing more voices and interests into the governing process. Implications and reform as well as the myraid of problems associated with attempting to measure corruption in quantitative terms, were also topics of lively discussion.

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32nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime

The Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime will celebrate its thirty-second year at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, from 1 to 7 September.

Themed “Information – Shield, Sword and Achilles Heel in the fight against economic crime?”, the symposium will focus on the use and misuse of information and issues of pressing concern to those seeking to protect the integrity and stability of financial and business institutions and the wider economy. In excess of 350 speakers, over a dozen plenary sessions, workshops, and think-tank activities will be held.

This non-profit event is supported by IACA for the second year in a row, along with a host of academic institutions worldwide. Last year, it attracted well over 1,600 participants from more than 100 countries.

A detailed programme, including the list of speakers, is available below. The registration and payment deadline is 15 August. To register, click here.

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The Fourth Summer Academy Starts

The Summer Academy is back for the fourth year in a row! Sixty-eight students arrived from around the world at IACA’s campus yesterday for a welcome reception and evening of festivities. An interdisciplinary, ten-day programme on trends and practices of the global anti-corruption agenda lies ahead of them.

As tradition has it, participation in the programme is diverse. This year, the students represent 46 different countries and five continents. Approximately 30% come from the public sector, 20% from the private sector, 10% from international organizations, 10% from academia, and the rest from civil society and the media.

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The Summer Academy contains proactive lectures and workshops on the complexity of corruption, the psychology of dishonesty, certain thematic and global issues related to corruption, as well as the response of the public and private sector to this complex phenomenon. Two unique evening roundtables are also scheduled, one focusing on corruption in sport, and the second on corruption in extractive industries.

Two dozen anti-corruption practitioners and academics are here to guide the students in building on their competences to better counter corruption. They include, among others, GOPAC’s Naser Al Sane, Colgate University’s Michael Johnston, Siemens’ Klaus Moosmayer, the Hertie School of Governance’s Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, EITI’s Clare Short, and the Supreme Court of Kenya’s Smokin Wanjala.

Stay tuned for the results of the Summer Academy!

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The OECD and IACA Sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Anti-Corruption

IACA concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris yesterday, paving the way for closer cooperation in the field of anti-corruption.

The two organizations pledged to work together to boost efforts in promoting the corruption-free business model as a global benchmark and to develop joint projects to combat corruption, including transnational bribery. The memorandum also serves as a framework for the sharing of expertise, the delivery of technical assistance, and joint curricula development.

It was signed by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría on behalf of the OECD and IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner, on behalf of IACA.

In the course of the signing ceremony,  Mr. Gurría stressed: “Public trust is one of the most precious assets that a country can have, and after the economic crisis it is in short supply. Thus, fighting corruption needs to be one of the most important components of the good governance global agenda.”

Mr. Kreutner commended the OECD’s efforts in the fight against corruption, in particular its Anti-Bribery Convention.

"We have achieved some results, but we must not stop there. To safeguard peaceful and inclusive societies, the rule of law, as well as effective and capable institutions, we are called to join forces; internationally, inter-institutionally, and among all sectors of society. Globally, we need to ensure that good governance and the fight against corruption form a strong and explicit component of the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” he stated.

The OECD is an international organization of 34 countries, founded in 1961 to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

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On International Standards and National Experiences

A conference on international standards and national experiences in the fight against corruption unveiled in Baku, Azerbaijan over the past two days, attended by state delegates, heads of specialized anti-corruption bodies, and international envoys.

The event was held as part of Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, co-sponsored by GRECO and IACA. Ramiz Mehdiyev, Head of the Presidential Administration, opened the conference with a message from President Ilham Aliyev, asserting Azerbaijan’s strong political will to fight corruption; a priority of its Committee of Ministers Chairmanship.

Through three plenary sessions on the implementation of anti-corruption laws, rendering corruption prevention more effective, and law enforcement measures, delegates had the chance to hear about the national challenges and success stories of countries such as Azerbaijan, Croatia, France, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, SAR Hong Kong (PRC), and the United Kingdom. Key figures from the Council of Europe, OECD, International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), UNODC, and IACA spoke of global mechanisms and the lessons learned so far.

IACA was represented by its Dean and Executive Secretary to the Assembly of Parties, Martin Kreutner, who also delivered an opening address and moderated the first panel on the implementation of anti-corruption laws.

In the course of the conference, Mr. Kreutner met with Azerbaijani officials for bilateral discussions, including Mr. Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice, Mr. Fazil Mammadov, Minister of Taxes, Mr. Khalaf Khalafov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Zakir Garalov, Prosecutor General.

Azerbaijan has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since 2012, and will host the organization’s third Assembly of Parties from 19-21November.

Finland Accedes to the IACA Agreement

This morning, Finland became the latest state from the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) to accede to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

This brings the total number of Parties to 56 UN Member States, including three international organizations.

States and international organizations wishing to be Parties in time for the third session of the Assembly of Parties this November and thus enjoy voting rights, are invited to deposit their respective instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by Friday, 19 September 2014 at the latest.

Supreme Sao Paulo Judge Visits IACA

Supreme Judge Armando Toledo of Brazil’s Sao Paulo State Court of Justice paid a courtesy visit to IACA yesterday. He was accompanied by a group of high judges and lawyers specialized in anti-corruption and anti-fraud.

Martin Kreutner, Dean of IACA, introduced the delegation to the organization’s mandate, sphere of activities, and how it works with Member States, the private sector, and other entities in creating the highest standard of services. IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS), the variety of thematic courses and events, customized technical assistance, and potential tailor-made trainings for the Brazilian judiciary were also on the agenda. Judge Toledo shared the challenges and best practices of the delegation’s experience with anti-corruption and anti-fraud, and possibilities for cooperation with IACA were also discussed.

Brazil has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since August 2013, and has been constructively engaged in the work of IACA’s organs.

Salvadorian Ambassador Visits IACA

H.E. Carmen María Gallardo Andreu de Hernández, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the International Organizations in Vienna, paid a visit to the Academy today.

Ambassador Gallardo Andreu de Hernández and Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, spoke of cooperation tools to promote common goals and strengthen ties in the fight against corruption. In this context, El Salvador’s potential future accession to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization and increased participation from the GRULAC region, were also discussed.

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