IACA Board of Governors meets

The IACA Board of Governors held its first meeting of the year on 5 March to discuss the recent and future IACA activities, preparations of the new Work Programme of the Academy, the Financial statement of the year 2019, as well as preparations for the ninth session of the Assembly of Parties Seoul, Republic of Korea, among other matters. In their deliberations, Board members also considered current institutional and academic developments at IACA, particularly in light of the ongoing spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Alexey Konov, the Chairperson of the Board. Members serve in their individual capacity and come from all regions of the globe, as well as from the United Nations.

New Dean of IACA takes office

Mr. Thomas Stelzer has today taken up his new role as Dean of IACA. Upon taking office the Dean remarked that “I am looking forward to getting down to work and engaging with IACA’s Parties, as well as other stakeholders, on initiatives to bolster our joint efforts in the global fight against corruption and to ensure the stability and sustainability of the Academy”.  

The Dean has started his tenure with a tight schedule of meetings in which he is sharing his vision for the future of the Academy with IACA’s Parties, and other key stakeholders in the anti-corruption community around the world.

Independent External Auditors at IACA

A collegium of independent senior auditors spent three days on campus this week for the Independent External Audit of IACA’s financial statement for the budget year 2019.

This member state-owned function, which currently consists of auditors from Indonesia, the Russian Federation, and Thailand, is carrying out the audit in line with the Resolution on the Independent External Audit of IACA.

The external auditors were appointed by IACA’s Board of Governors (BoG) from senior members of national Supreme Audit Institutions or other suitable institutions of volunteering Parties. All external auditors, operating as a collegial body, act in their personal capacity and enjoy functional and organizational independence in conducting the audit.

The collegium is now compiling a report that will be presented to the BoG. The upcoming ninth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties will subsequently be notified of the report’s findings.

IACA Participation in the Nineteenth Session of the Integrity Sub-Committee of World Customs Organization

IACA participated in the 19th Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC) Meeting of the World Customs Organization. The meeting was held between 20 and 21 February 2020 in Brussels. Representatives of 77 countries participated in the event.

The ISC is the global customs community's anti-corruption and integrity development platform. The first session of this year’s meeting was dedicated to the topic: “Transparency in the era of New Technologies: how can NewTech help Leaders in Customs promote Integrity?”.  In this framework, Mr. Pawan Kumar Sinha, Director of IACA’s Academic Programmes, presented his research findings and practitioner’s perspective on the topic: Effectiveness of Automation in Controlling Corruption in Customs: Challenges and Opportunities: What can be done? He also participated in other sessions of the ISC Meeting.

IMACC and MACS Students Come Together in Laxenburg

Students of the International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) and Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) classes of 2019-2021 came together at the IACA campus in early February to learn from and share their experiences with one other.

In the first week of classes, IMACC and MACS students had joint sessions, covering the topics on International Anti-Corruption Conventions, the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, and other national laws. The IMACC class in addition had sessions on the rationale of the anti-corruption compliance programmes, international compliance standards, International Standards ISO 19601and Anti-Bribery Management Systems ISO 37001. In addition, the MACS programme was also focusing on the nexus between the rule of law and human rights on the one hand, and corruption on the other; anti-money laundering laws, corruption in the migration realm; organized crime and corruption; and the World Bank anti-corruption sanction system. Both classes devoted a part of their time to studying research methods and visited the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna.

Lecturers for both programmes included Professors Milda Zilinskaite (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Andy Spalding (University of Richmond School of Law), John Hatchard (Buckingham Law School), Georg Krakow (Baker McKenzie), Eduard Ivanov (Independent International Law Expert), Barbara Neiger (neiger.C advisory e.U.), Jeoren Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology, Belgium), Amr Taha (International Organization for Migration), Pawan Kumar Sinha (IACA), and Alexandra Manea (The World Bank). Despite busy timetables, students had many opportunities for informal interactions and networking.

The IMACC and the MACS are two-year, internationally recognized MA degree programmes with 120 ECTS credits under the EU’s Bologna Process.

IACA is currently welcoming applications for the 2020 – 2022 intake for both IMACC and MACS programmes, which will start in October this year. Applications are open until 31 May 2020. If you are interested to apply for the programme and you are in Austria between 27 April and 8 May, join us for the Academic Programmes Open Days. You can meet our 2019-2021 classes and attend sessions with renowned practitioners and academics as well as meet with our Academic Programmes Team who will guide you in regard to the application and admission process. More information and how to register for the Open Day can be found here.

OMV contributes funds to IACA

OMV Aktiengesellschaft has transferred EUR 20,000 to IACA as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s budget for 2020.

OMV and IACA have undertaken to explore potential fields of cooperation in anti-corruption and compliance following the conclusion of a letter of agreement.

Voluntary contributions from  the private sector and other donors are mentioned in Article XI.(1).b of the IACA Agreement as one of the components of Academy’s resources. Click here for further details.

Republic of Korea contributes funds to IACA

The Republic of Korea has transferred EUR 50,000 to IACA as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s budget for 2020.

The Republic of Korea has been a Party to IACA since 2012 and its contribution is greatly appreciated as it supports the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

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.

Cyprus contributes funds to IACA

The Republic of Cyprus has transferred EUR 5,000 to IACA as a voluntary contribution to the Academy’s  budget for 2020.

Cyprus has been a Party to IACA since 2011 and its contribution is greatly appreciated as it supports the organization’s work in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals across the globe.

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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