Austrian Permanent Representative Presents Credentials

On 17 September, H.E. Ambassador Helmut Tichy, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Austria to IACA, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Austria ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2010. The Republic of Austria is also one of the initiating partners of IACA, along with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), and other stakeholders.

New Workshop on 5 October: Register Now!

IACA is pleased to announce a half-day workshop in Vienna on 5 October on standards, guidance, and benchmarks in anti-corruption compliance. The event is designed for professionals involved with the business sector.

Several leading experts in the field will discuss how companies can implement effective compliance programmes based on numerous standards and guidelines, and how compliance officers can benefit from benchmarking.

The workshop is jointly organized by IACA and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) and will feature two interactive panel discussions: In the Ocean of Standards: Is it Time for Codification? and Anti-corruption Compliance Benchmarking – Empowering Compliance Officers.

For further details and to register, please click here.

This workshop is related to IACA’s Compliance Benchmark Project, a new corporate compliance benchmarking study which aims to create the first database on corporate compliance set up by an academic or non-profit organization. IACA is seeking companies to participate in this research project. For more information click here.

Fourth IACA Regional Summer Academy Underway in Beijing

IACA’s fourth Regional Summer Academy, this time for anti-corruption and compliance practitioners in East and Southeast Asia, is currently underway in Beijing and continues until 16 September.

Thirty professionals from Cambodia, China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Singapore have gathered to exchange experiences and ideas. They come from the private and public sectors, anti-corruption bodies, and academia.

The programme follows the same format as IACA’s three previous Regional Summer Academies and again features renowned international and regional lecturers, including members of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty.

Lecturers include, among others, Robert Klitgaard, University Professor at Claremont Graduate University, H.E. Amb. LA Yifan, Director General of International Cooperation Department, CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection/National Commission of Supervision, Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Director-General of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption of Malaysia, Elisabeth Täubl, Senior Prosecutor at the Austrian Central Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption, and Ai Li Zhao, Asia Australia Compliance Head, VP & Regional Compliance Officer at Siemens Ltd., China.

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The training, which began on Sunday, is being held on the premises of the China CADIS Academy and is co-sponsored under the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, welcomed participants at the opening ceremony and presented a current overview of corruption in the opening lecture on Monday. Mr. Li Shulei, Deputy Secretary General of the Central Commission on Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, also gave a speech welcoming the group at a dinner hosted by CADIS.

During the week participants are discussing a wide range of current regional and global anti-corruption and compliance trends, providing them with tools to address corruption in their day-to-day work. Among the many topics are asset recovery, organizational integrity, collective action, and good corporate governance.

The first three editions of the IACA Regional Summer Academy were held in Latin America(Argentina, 2015), Eastern Africa (Uganda, 2016), and the Middle East (Kuwait, 2017).

Stay tuned for further updates about the training on IACA’s social media channels.

Jordanian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 12 September, H.E. Ms. Leena Al-Hadid, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the International Organizations in Vienna presented her credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

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

GCC Delegation Visits IACA

A delegation from the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) visited IACA last week to discuss prospects for future collaboration in preventing and combating corruption.

The meeting explored possible cooperation between IACA and the GCC in areas including joint events and outreach with the Council’s Secretariat and member countries, as well as potential trainings and other activities at regional level.

The GCC delegation was headed by Mr. Salah bin Naif Al Mukhalafi, Director General of the Council’s Economic Judiciary Affairs Office, and also included staff from the GCC’s Permanent Observer Mission in Vienna.

During the meeting the delegation also received an update on IACA’s many current and upcoming education and training activities. These include, among others, the second edition of the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), a degree programme for professionals from the business sector that starts in January 2019, and a two-day seminar later this month about the impact of emerging technologies on compliance systems.

Customized Training for Korean Auditors

This week IACA delivered a tailor-made training for the Korea Council of Public Organization Audit at its campus in Laxenburg. Over four days the participants from the Republic of Korea took part in specially designed classroom sessions and study visits.

The sessions featured international expert lecturers and covered topics including an overview of corruption, a comparative study of anti-corruption policies, effective public sector auditing, and how to detect and handle corruption.
Participants made a study visit to Vienna International Centre where they attended a lecture at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). They also visited the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption of the Republic of Austria (WKStA) as part of the programme.

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Upon completion of the training, the participants joined IACA’s alumni network of over 1,700 anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 157 countries and jurisdictions.

Tailor-made trainings are IACA’s individualized programmes for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions, addressing the unique challenges that each one faces in preventing and fighting corruption.

Chinese Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 4 September H.E. Amb. Wang Qun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

China became a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in November 2014.

IACAlumnus Magazine - Read the Latest Issue and Submit an Article!

IACA recently published the latest edition of its IACAlumnusmagazine and invites alumni to submit an article or update for the next issue.

The current magazine features interviews with leading anti-corruption and compliance experts such as Michael Hershman, co-founder of Transparency International and Chair of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board, and Adam Graycar, both members of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty. It also includes a special interview with former IACA intern Ana Luiza Aranha, who received an OECD Youth ResearchEdge Award this year.

Articles for the magazine were contributed by IACA alumni from many countries around the world. They cover topics including whistle-blower protections, stolen asset recovery, anti-corruption legal reforms, and corruption risk assessment, among others. IACA’s alumni association includes former students and participants from our academic degree, open, and tailor-made trainings. They come from 157 countries and jurisdictions around the world.

Submissions for the next issue of IACAlumnus are being accepted until 16 September. If you’re an IACA alumna or alumnus and would like to submit an article, click here for more information or write to the alumni team via alumni@iaca.int. Previous issues of the magazine are available here.

Anti-Corruption Training for Korean Professionals in Singapore

This week in Singapore, IACA delivered a tailor-made training for public enterprise and private sector professionals from the Republic of Korea. Participants hailed from the Health Insurance and Review Service, the Business Service Consulting Institute, the Korea Anti-Corruption Association, the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation, and a law firm.

Over three days, participants attended sessions on topics including global anti-corruption trends and developments, case studies on combating corruption in the public and private sectors, public-private partnerships in corruption prevention, and compliance programme introduction and implementation, among others. The programme was delivered by senior experts in the field.

During the training, participants also took part in study visits to the Corruption Reporting & Heritage Centre (CRHC) of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), and to INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation.

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.

IACA Hosts Panel Discussion at Alpbach Forum

IACA hosted a well-attended panel discussion at the European Forum Alpbach on Monday about the importance of diversity in multi-stakeholder approaches to fighting corruption.

The session, entitled “Diversity as a Driver of Resilience to Corruption – Dream or Reality?”, was part of the Forum’s Legal Symposium. IACA is a Supporting Partner of the European Forum Alpbach 2018.

Discussions focused on how corruption can be effectively combated by embracing the different experiences of various countries and regions, and by involving the public and private sectors, civil society, academia, and the media. How to manage the increasing complexity of joint anti-corruption efforts was also a prominent theme.

The panellists were Julia Herrnböck (journalist, DOSSIER and Puls4), Sophie Meingast from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Anthony Mills (Vienna Correspondent, France 24), Ruggero Scaturro, an IACA Research Fellow. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, moderated the session.

Also in Alpbach, IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens signed a memorandum of understanding on Sunday to cooperate in the global fight against corruption and work together towards fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The agreement paves the way for possible joint projects between IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre in anti-corruption education, training, research, and capacity- and institution-building, including through empowering women and youth.

IACA and Ban Ki-moon Centre Join Forces against Corruption

IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens today signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the global fight against corruption and work together towards fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, signed the agreement during the European Forum Alpbach with Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General, and Dr. Heinz Fischer, former Federal President of Austria and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre.

The agreement paves the way for possible joint projects between IACA and the Ban Ki-moon Centre in anti-corruption education, training, research, and capacity- and institution-building, including through empowering women and youth.

Ban Ki-moon commented:

“Educating global citizens to help make the world safer and more sustainable for current and future generations is a vital part of the Centre’s mission. I am confident that our new partnership with IACA, a global hub for anti-corruption education, will make an important contribution in this regard.”

Heinz Fischer continued:

“Major global challenges such as corruption require us all to work together to seek solutions. Today’s agreement, between two Austria-based organizations with a shared global outlook, represents a significant further commitment to this inclusive approach.”

Martin Kreutner concluded:

“Investing in anti-corruption education and empowerment is essential if we are to realize the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IACA is extremely pleased to be joining forces with the Ban Ki-moon Centre, and we look forward to working together to prevent and fight corruption across the globe.”

Notes

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an international non-profit organization recognized as Quasi-International–Organization with affiliated offices and institutes in Vienna, New York, Seoul and Almaty. The BKMC is led by two co-chairmen Ban Ki-moon (UNSG 2007-2016) and Heinz Fischer (Austrian President 2004-2016) and is focusing on empowering youth and women in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. www.bankimooncentre.org

Spanish Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 24 August, H.E. Mr. Senén Florensa Palau, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Spain to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Spain is a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since December 2011.

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