The Following text were the speech of IAACA President, Prof. Cao Jianming during the Opening Ceremony of the 6th IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting, Kuala Lumpur;
Your Excellency Mr. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abd Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Respected Mr. Dato’ Sri Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Chief Commissioner of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to join all of you in attending the Sixth IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting held in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Government has attached great importance to this conference and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has taken time out of his busy schedule to attend and address this meeting. Here, on behalf of IAACA (International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities), I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for his presence and to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for organizing this conference!
It is gratifying to see that, since the last annual conference and thanks to vigorous efforts of IAACA, exchanges and cooperation between anti-corruption authorities in all countries and regions have been deepened, and new progress has been made in promoting the implementation of the UNCAC (United Nations Convention against Corruption) and the in-depth development of international anti-corruption cooperation. In the past year, IAACA was highly productive in its work, especially in hosting the following major activities:
Firstly, the Fifth IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting were held in Marrakech, Morocco in October 2011. Nearly 400 participants from 85 countries and regions attended the conference, including prosecutors-general, attorneys general, ministers of supervision, heads of anti-corruption authorities and representatives of 9 international organizations. The conference made an in-depth discussion on the prevention and investigation for transfer of proceeds of offences, the mechanism of direct asset recovery, the international cooperation in asset recovery, forfeiture of assets, asset disposal and asset return, as well as closer bilateral and multilateral cooperation in asset recovery, issued the IAACA Marrakech Declaration, which was well received by the international community after IAACA Secretariat submitted it to the Conference of States Parties to UNCAC and relevant UN agencies and promoted it among all member countries. The conference also adopted the IAACA Work Plan which laid a good foundation for the sustainable development of IAACA.
Secondly, IAACA and ICAC (the Independent Commission against Corruption) HongKong jointly held the First International Anti-Corruption Public Service Announcement Video Competition and Seminar in Hong Kong in December 2011. Over 200 participants from 33 countries and regions took part in the seminar, and 29 anti-corruption videos were presented in the competition. It has actively promoted exchanges and experience-sharing among anti-corruption authorities of all countries and regions and improved the use of media for anti-corruption awareness campaign.
Thirdly, the spring meeting of IAACA Executive Committee was held in Arusha, Tanzania in March 2012. It was attended by representatives from 20 countries and regions, including executive members, observers and representatives of relevant international organizations. The meeting reviewed and evaluated the IAACA Working Report last year and put forward constructive suggestions for the work and activities this year. Discussions were held on the review mechanism for implementation of UNCAC, and adopted the Proposal on Promotion of IAACA International Anti-Corruption Public Service Announcement Videos , the Proposal on the Sixth IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting and the Proposal on Holding IAACA Seminar in Dalian, China.
Fourthly, the Fourth IAACA Seminar was held in Dalian, China in June 2012. A total of over 400 judicial officials, experts and scholars from over 80 countries and regions took part in the seminar. They gave comprehensive reports on the anti-corruption legislation and work in their respective countries and regions, the international cooperation on asset recovery and the difficulties and problems involved. They had in-depth discussions and shared experience on how to effectively prevent, monitor and investigate transfer of assets across jurisdictions, freezing, forfeiture, seizure, recovery and return of assets. The seminar has improved the work capacity of anti-corruption authorities of all countries and regions and the international anti-corruption cooperation.
These achievements would have been impossible without active participation of all members, especially the executive members. Here, on behalf of IAACA, I wish to express sincere thanks to all executive members and members, especially Mr. Abdesselam Aboudrar, Chairman of the Central Authority for Corruption Prevention of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Timothy Tong, former Commissioner of ICAC HongKong, Dr. Edward G.Hoseah, Director General of PCCB (The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau) of the United Republic of Tanzania, People’s Procuratorate of Liaoning Province and Dalian of P.R.China for their great support.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Anti-corruption is a common task facing every country in the world, and strengthening exchanges and cooperation in anti-corruption has become an inevitable choice of the international community. Given differences in the level of economic development, political and legal system, historical and cultural background, as well as in legislation, investigation, prosecution and punitive measures for fighting and preventing corruption crimes, countries and regions may be different in their anti-corruption work development. Nonetheless, we should, in the spirit of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, deepen our cooperation and mutual support to jointly fight and prevent transnational corruption crimes. This conference takes “Technical Assistance and Information Exchange” as the theme and focuses on discussions on “The Need for Intelligence-Led Policing in the Investigation and Prevention of Corrupt Practices”, “Denial of Safe Havens: Core Elements & Strategies”, “Income & Asset Declarations”,”Capacity Building: The Importance of Technical Assistance”, “Proactive Investigation: Staying Ahead”,”Performance Accountability & Integrity in Government Administuative and Business Practices”,”International Recovery of III-Gotten Assets: Case Histories”,”The Role of Prosecutors and Judiciary in Combating Corruption”, which is of important practical significance.I wish to put forward the following points for our discussion:
First, strengthen dialogue and information exchange, and share experience and achievements in anti-corruption. The anti-corruption, procuratorate and judicial authorities of all countries and regions should, in the form of high-level visits, regular seminars, personnel training and academic exchange, strengthen their dialogue and information exchange to enhance mutual understanding and mutual trust. We should make full use of the IAACA platform and actively participate in the IAACA annual conferences, general meetings and seminars, so as to exchange experience in fighting and preventing corruption and promote international cooperation in anti-corruption.
Second, implement the measures of technical assistance to promote balanced development of anti-corruption work. We should earnestly implement the provisions on technical assistance under the Convention, strengthen technical assistance for developing countries, provide them with extensive assistance, including financial contribution, material support and training, and assist developing countries in improving anti-corruption legislation and working mechanism to improve their capability to fight and prevent corruption crimes.
Third, strengthen international cooperation and enhance the level of fighting and preventing corruption crimes. We should take full advantage of the regional or international conferences, seminar mechanisms, and bilateral or multilateral treaties or arrangements, to strengthen information exchange and technical assistance, actively carry out anti-corruption cooperation and training activities, and train all kinds of anti-corruption personnel; and IAACA should, on the basis of the Work Plan, conduct closer cooperation with those anti-corruption authorities with rich experiences and strong work capabilities, as well as relevant international organizations, organize more trainings and seminars with more specialized knowledge, more diversified forms and richer contents, to provide better service and support for member states.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Creating an international community of harmony, stability and integrity requires common efforts of all countries and regions. We should, on the basis of mutual respect, adopt a more proactive and open attitude towards cooperation and explore more pragmatic and effective modes for cooperation, so as to promote the development of anti-corruption technical assistance and information exchange. I sincerely hope that all participants can take the opportunity of this conference to enhance mutual understanding, expand common ground in exchanges and develop friendship in cooperation. Together, we will make great contribution to the sound development of the international anti-corruption cause.