MALAYSIA HOSTS 15TH STEERING GROUP (StG) MEETING OF THE ADB/ OECD ANTI-CORRUPTION INITIATIVE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC & SEMINAR ON THE CRIMINALIZATION OF BRIBERY


The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) together with ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and The Pacific will be hosting a 15th Steering Group (StG) Meeting as well as a Regional Seminar on The Criminalization of Bribery from 22 to 24 September 2010 at the Palace of The Golden Horses, Seri Kembangan, Selangor.

The event will be launched by Deputy Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin on 23 September 2010 (Thursday) at 2.30pm.

This is our second time hosting this renowned program as it has been held before in Kuala Lumpur on Disember 2003.

Around 200 local and foreign participants are expected attend this three-day seminar. More than 80 international delegates from various law enforcement bodies around the world including China, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Vietnam, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Samoa, Hong Kong and Bangladesh. Local participants who are scheduled to attend include senior officers of the Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM), Immigration Department and Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

Kicking off the program is the 15th StG Meeting which will be chaired by OECD Anti-Corruption Division Legal Analyst William Loo and ADB Director Sandra Nicoll. Chief Delegates from 28 countries will gather to discuss the policies, ways and strategies to fight corruption at international level. Also to attend are leaders of Transparency International, World Bank, German Training Institution (GTZ), American Bar Association and United Nation Development Program (UNDP).

On Sept 23, the Regional Seminar on the Criminalization of Bribery will commence in the evening. A total of 16 working papers will be presented in 5 Plenary Sessions. The scope of these 5 Plenary Sessions include:

Plenary Session 1: International Instruments on the Criminalization of Bribery;

Plenary Session 2: Challenges in establishing and applying Domestic and Foreign Bribery Offences;

Plenary Session 3: Corporate Liability for Bribery;

Plenary Session 4: Investigative Techniques;

Plenary Session 5: Sanctions and Confiscation.

Seminar participants will be divided into groups to discuss the case study of each topic determined by the organizer.

Its main objective is to create awareness on detection, enforcement and legal challenges in combating graft in the region.

Through discussion and exchanging ideas, it is hoped that problems, differences and suggestions on the policies, procedures and legislation will be expressed and straightened out to improve enforcement and corruption prevention methods at international level.

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