KL Conference a Vital Platform to Strengthen International Cooperation & Improve Technical Assistance, says IAACA President

KUALA LUMPUR – The International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) President Professor Cao Jianming praised Malaysia for successfully hosting the 6th IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting from 4 to 7 October 2012.

” On behalf of IAACA, I wish to extend warm congratulations to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its remarkable work in organizing this conference, and sincere thanks to the MACC Chief Commissioner Dato’ Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and all his colleagues at the MACC for the thoughtful arrangements, gracious hospitality and hard work,” he said during the Closing Ceremony of the 6th IAACA Conference on 7 October.

This conference is an important conference for anti-corruption authorities of all countries and regions to strengthen information exchange, enhance mutual understanding and promote technical assistance, and is also a great event in the field of international cooperation in anti-corruption.

In the past four days, prosecutors-general, attorneys general, ministers of supervision, heads of anti-corruption authorities, representatives of international anti-corruption organizations, and experts and scholars from all over the world had extensive and in-depth discussions on issues related to information exchange and technical assistance, a subject of common interest.

Professor Cao pointed out that the ‘IAACA Kuala Lumpur Declaration’ which was published demonstrated the firm determination of all participants to further strengthen the international cooperation and improve the technical assistance.

He added that IAACA participants had also urged States Parties to set up mutual legal assistance schemes to afford one another the widest measure of technical assistance; to initiate, develop or improve specific training programmes on preventing and fighting corruption to improve law enforcement skills for officials; and to continue to provide developing countries a wide range of capacity building assistance; and to increase the amount of resources needed to support developing countries to implement UNCAC, and etc.

He stated that the IAACA Secretariat will submit the Declaration to the Conference of States Parties to UNCAC and relevant United Nations agencies. The Declaration will also be promoted in all member states.

Professor Cao noted that broad consensus was reached on strengthening information exchange and promoting technical assistance.

During the four days, participants made keynote speeches and presentations at the opening ceremony and seminar, introducing the anti-corruption work in their respective countries and regions.

Through the exchange of views on some important issues, broad consensus was reach on strengthening dialogue and communication among the anti-corruption authorities of all countries and regions.

Secondly, IAACA delegates agreed to make the best use of the platform and channel provided by IAACA, take an active part in the annual meetings, seminars and anti-corruption awareness activities held by IAACA, and improve the working mechanisms for training, discussion and skill development to promote exchanges and cooperation.

Thirdly, IAACA members will actively implement the measures of technical assistance, strengthen information exchange and technical assistance, work hard to provide multifaceted assistance to developing countries, including financial contribution, material support and skills training, so as to improve these countries’ ability to fight and prevent corruption crimes, and achieve a balanced development of international anti-corruption work.

Fourthly, IAACA participants will strengthen judicial assistance and law enforcement cooperation, earnestly implement the working mechanisms on international cooperation, joint law enforcement and asset recovery under UNCAC, carry out closer international criminal justice cooperation, including mutual assistance in investigation and evidence collection in cases that concern both sides, stolen asset recovery, extradition and joint investigation, learn the experience from each other and jointly fight and prevent corruption crimes. [ENDS]

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