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PANAMA CITY – Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed was appointed Vice-President of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) during its seventh annual meeting in Panama City from 22 to 24 November 2013.
IAACA was established during a special meeting at the United Nations’ office in Vienna on 19 to 20 April 2006. Malaysia is among the founding members of IAACA. The main objective of IAACA is to encourage and support the implementation of the United Nations Conventions Against Corruption (UNCAC) effectively. Until now, IAACA consists of more than 300 members from anti-graft agencies and anti-corruption authorities throughout the world.
Tan Sri Hj. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, MACC Chief Commissioner, was appointed as an IAACA Executive Committee member at 2010 and this organisation holds its meetings and conferences every year. Every member countries were involved in the discussions and every chapters of UNCAC are closely examined. Other activities were also held such as training, expo as well as information exchange and collection of anti-corruption data to encourage effective implementation of UNCAC.
Tan Sri Hj. Abu Kassim, 53, views his appointment as a recognition to MACC as well as Malaysia, due to active contribution and involvement in anti-corruption efforts at international level.
Tan Sri Hj. Abu Kassim added that the latest development shows that MACC’s corruption fighting initiatives since its establishment in 2009 have gained world wide attention and acknowledgement.
This appointment shows that the international community and world organizations recognized Malaysia and MACC’s achievements in fighting graft.
This appointment is the second international recognition accorded to him and MACC. In 2012, he was appointed Vice-Chairperson of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) Board of Governors which is based in Vienna. This Academy is an educational anti-corruption institution under the auspices of the United Nations.
MACC’s Involvement During the 7th IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting
During the Seventh IAACA Annual Conference and General Meeting, the MACC Chief Commissioner was given the honour as the first presenter during the plenary session. Anti-corruption heads from ICAC Hong Kong, Tanzania Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau, India Central Vigilance Commission, Brazil’s Office of the Comptroller, France Central Service for the Prevention of Corruption, Papua New Guinea Ombudsman Commission and Romania National Integrity Agency presented as well.
During his presentation, MACC Chief Commissioner shared Malaysia’s experiences in transforming the Commission whereby the transformation has brought positive impact to Malaysia’s corruption prevention efforts.
The theme of the Conference was “Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption: Challenge and Opportunity” and it was held at ATLAPA Conference Centre in Panama City starting 23 November 2013.
During his opening speech, IAACA Presiden Professor Cao Jianming praised Malaysia’s commitment, especially MACC Chief Commissioner’s role in IAACA as well as his contribution towards anti-corruption efforts at the international arena.
NOTE TO EDITOR
Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) President Datuk Akhbar Satar congratulates Tan Sri Abu Kassim.
“This appointment is another recognition and acknowledgement of the international community towards Malaysia and MACC. It elevates the Commission to the next level,” he said.
Datuk Akhbar opined that the latest development proved that the anti-graft initiatives by MACC have gained the attention of the international community. He added that this recognition was also the result of Malaysians’ support towards MACC in combating corruption.
YB Senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor, who is a member of the Special Committee on Corruption, said that every Malaysian should support MACC’s anti-corruption initiatives and be proud of the recognition given by IAACA.
“This appointment is a huge recognition towards MACC’s efforts as well as for every organization and individuals who were committed to fight corruption in this country alongside MACC.
“We should be confident of the anti-corruption initiatives that were implemented. Although certain individuals have negative perceptions and made all kinds of accusations, I am sure there are people with integrity who recognize our efforts, as seen in Tan Sri Abu Kassim’s appointment by IAACA,” he added.
He hoped that with this recognition, it would raise the enthusiasm of all MACC officers to fight corruption regardless of the challenges they faced.
Other International Accolade Accorded to MACC
Master of Corruption Studies (MACS)
MACA is the first anti-graft academy in the world to be chosen as a centre of learning and it is entrusted to conduct Module 6 of the ‘Master of Corruption Studies’ programme offered by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (a higher learning institution with university status) based in Vienna, Austria. This 24-month programme combines distance learning with seven, twelve-day on-site modules.
Placement of MACC Officer in INTERPOL
In 2011, Interpol made a request to the MACC for an officer to be placed at the corruption prevention unit in INTERPOL.
Because of this, MACC appointed its officer Mohd Hafaz Nazar from the Investigations Division to serve at the INTERPOL Directorate in Lyon on a two-year contract beginning from 2012. Among the tasks and responsibilities that were given by the INTERPOL include developing capacity building amongst Asean countries and fostering cooperation between European nations. Mohd Hafaz was one of the four officers who were chosen among several countries to be placed at INTERPOL. [ENDS]
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
25 November 2013
The Sixth Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 4th – 7th October 2012 Kuala Lumpur Declaration
We, the representatives of Anti-Corruption Authorities of 111 Member States of the United Nations and regions and of 12 International Organizations, gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the Sixth Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) devoted to “Technical Assistance and Information Exchange” (Chapter VI of United Nations Convention Against Corruption – UNCAC):
Recalling United Nations General Assembly Resolution 58/4, by which the Assembly adopted the UNCAC and established International Anti-Corruption Day as the 9th of December each year,
Recalling also all relevant United Nations General Assembly and Economic and Social Council Resolutions calling for the expeditious ratification and full implementation of the UNCAC,
Recalling further our Beijing, Bali, Kiev, Macao and Marrakech Declarations, as well as the recommendations made by the side-event of the Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC (CoSP) held in Amman and co-organized by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and IAACA,
Aware of the importance of the Resolutions adopted by the CoSP, at its First, Second, Third and Fourth sessions held respectively at Amman, Nusa Dua, Doha and Marrakech,
Convinced that relevant government agencies, civil society and relevant professional organizations can individually and collectively make significant contributions to the effective implementation of the UNCAC,
1. Express our gratitude to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, for hosting the Sixth Annual Conference and General Meeting of IAACA, as well as our deepest appreciation to the Government and People of Malaysia for their warm hospitality;
2. Extend our appreciation to the Government of Tanzania and in particular the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau for hosting the Executive Committee meeting of the IAACA held in Arusha from 30 March to 1 April 2012;
3. Recognize and affirm the importance of affording technical assistance, including material support, training, relevant experience and specialized knowledge to meet the individual needs of States Parties for the effective implementation of the UNCAC, and to become an integral part of the overall effort in fighting corruption;
4. Reiterate the importance of compliance by States Parties with the provisions contained in Chapter VI of UNCAC of affording country-led and country-based, integrated and coordinated technical assistance, especially with regard to technical assistance to meet the needs identified by States Parties through the Implementation Review Mechanism of the UNCAC;
5. Urge States Parties to accord high priority to meeting technical assistance requirements identified and prioritized in their responses to the comprehensive self-assessment checklists and the country reports;
6. Encourage States Parties to initiate, develop or improve specific training programmes on preventing and combating corruption to improve law enforcement skills for competent officials;
7. Urge States Parties to afford one another the widest measure of support, including training, exchange of relevant experience and specialized knowledge to facilitate international cooperation in line with the relevant UNCAC’s provisions;
8. Pledge our full support to help States Parties identify and substantiate specific needs for technical assistance, and to promote and facilitate the provision of such assistance to fill the identified gaps;
9. Strongly encourage UNODC to continue to provide developing countries and countries with economies in transition, upon request and in response to their specific requirements, a wide range of capacity building assistance, as well as direct expertise on policy formulation, through the Office’s thematic and regional programmes, and recommend that multilateral and bilateral providers of technical assistance include the objectives of the UNCAC as an integral part of their annual commitments and increase the amount of resources devoted to supporting developing countries to implement the Convention, in close cooperation with UNODC and IAACA;
10. Call upon the Executive Committee to consider the needs of IAACA members, including proposing, overseeing and evaluating current training-related activities, so as to help equip policy makers and practitioners with the requisite knowledge and skills in the fight against corruption, as set out in the Work Plan;
11. Pledge our full support to the ongoing efforts and recommendations of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery, established to advise and assist the CoSP in the implementation of its mandate on the return of proceeds of corruption, in developing cumulative knowledge, encouraging cooperation, facilitating the exchange of information and identifying capacity building needs, and look forward to the implementation of its multi-year work plan relating to asset recovery, covering the period 2012 – 2015;
12. Recognize the continuing and valuable role of the joint UNODC and World Bank StAR (Stolen Asset Recovery) Initiative as a driving force in the asset recovery agenda, and call upon States Parties to continue to actively support the Initiative in its work;
13. Welcome with satisfaction the fact that 161 countries have ratified or acceded to the UNCAC and urge the Governments of those countries that have not yet done so to move swiftly and with conviction to ratify or accede to the Convention, in order to achieve the goal of universal adherence to the Convention;
14. Welcome with appreciation the important decisions of the CoSP in its four sessions held to date, and look forward to further progress in the implementation of its mandate through its Fifth session, to be held in Panama in 2013;
15. Commend UNODC for its exceptional work and commitment in serving as the Secretariat of the CoSP and its subsidiary bodies and in implementing the Resolutions of the CoSP, including its efforts towards the effective delivery of technical assistance;
16. Underline the importance of the role of the CoSP in monitoring the implementation of the Convention and reiterate our call to the Executive Committee of IAACA, in consultation with the Secretariat of the CoSP, to seek appropriate ways to establish closer collaboration between IAACA and the CoSP in order to enhance the involvement and contribution of IAACA and its members in properly and effectively implementing the recommendations made by the CoSP;
17. Look forward to the outcome of the Implementation Review Mechanism of the UNCAC, and call upon the Executive Committee of IAACA to encourage sharing of the experience gained by its members in the review process;
18. Reiterate our call upon all Member States to institute relevant reforms that promote professionalism and effectiveness of anti-corruption authorities in preventing and combating corruption, the independence and integrity of the judiciary, the prevention of conflict of interest in public office, freedom of access to information, and transparency and accountability in public administration, as well as to ensure and preserve the full independence of all relevant anti-corruption authorities; and in this context, welcome with appreciation and commend the achievements of the network European Partners against Corruption (EPAC/EACN) in unanimously adopting Universal Principles and Standards for Anti-Corruption Authorities and encourage all Members States to take favourable note of them and translate them into reality;
19. Urge anti-corruption authorities to proactively promote with their respective Governments and legislative bodies the development and implementation of appropriate programmes of work in order to maintain, sustain and strengthen the momentum generated by the UNCAC, and to devote continued attention to both their vital preventive role and crucial law enforcement functions, as applicable, which are fundamental for the practical and effective application of all the relevant provisions of the UNCAC and for enhanced international cooperation;
20. Urge Member States as well as relevant international organizations and financial institutions, on the basis of the principle of shared responsibility and collective global action, to consider providing additional resources to support such efforts, including by contributing to the UNODC special account a percentage of the money or of the corresponding value of proceeds of crime or property confiscated in accordance with the provisions of UNCAC, in line with Article 62 (c) of the Convention;
21. Express our deepest appreciation to all relevant international and professional associations, Intergovernmental and Nongovenmental organizations, civil society and the media for raising public awareness of UNCAC and the destructive effect of corruption in its many and varied forms, by extending their continuing support and cooperation to IAACA and to the CoSP, and underscore the importance of protection of witnesses, experts, victims, prosecutors, judges and those other persons engaged in the fight against corruption;
22. Express also our appreciation to the Executive Committee for implementing the initiatives agreed upon in the Work Plan, which resulted in the identification of new avenues for enhanced international cooperation in the fight against corruption, generating also a number of new and innovative ideas in our anti-corruption awareness campaigns and networking platform, and request the Executive Committee to devote sufficient resources to ensure that the Work Plan is implemented in an effective, structured and sustained manner;
23. Welcome with appreciation and commend the launch by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) of the first international and inter-disciplinary Master programme in Anti-Corruption Studies, designed for working professionals of all sectors of society who wish to remain fully employed while pursuing their degree and designed to further empower them in their important anti-corruption work, invite all Member States to send participants and consider taking over scholarships for participants from LDCs; and encourage enhanced cooperation between IAACA, IACA, all member countries, the Malaysian Anticorruption Academy (MACA) and other regional and national training institutions, by sharing knowledge, expertise and best practices as well as by developing curricula for joint training activities, and by doing so taking into account the results of the review mechanism of the UNCAC;
24. Extend our appreciation and commend the efforts of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China for hosting the International Anti-Corruption Public Service Announcement Video Competition and Workshop in Hong Kong in December 2011, attracting 29 contesting entries from anti-graft bodies and law enforcement agencies of 21 countries and places, also acknowledging with great gratitude the support or pledges of other countries like Brazil and India in carrying out some other joint activities included in the Work Plan;
25. Welcome with great satisfaction the important contributions and joint initiatives of IAACA Members already generated by the Work Plan, and strongly encourage other Members to become fully involved in its further implementation, by contributing suggestions or undertaking initiatives, whether individually or jointly with other Members and in close collaboration with the IAACA Secretariat, with a view to supporting IAACA in realizing the ultimate goal of the Association in promoting the effective implementation of the UNCAC;
26. Extend our appreciation to the People’s Republic of China for hosting, and commend the efforts of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate for the successful conduct of the training seminar organized by IAACA in Dalian in June 2012, which was attended by 420 participants from 81 countries, as well as for its continuous support for organizing and hosting such training seminars, and encourage other IAACA Members to hold similar training events not only regionally or subregionally but also at the national level;
27. Appreciate the stewardship and direction shown by the founding and incumbent Presidents of the Association in continuously fostering cooperation and partnership among anti-corruption authorities and with relevant international, regional and national organizations and institutions in furtherance of the anti-corruption cause, and commend the Secretariat for providing energetic and highly professional support to the work of the Association; and
28. Decide that the text of this Declaration be widely circulated by the relevant anti-corruption authorities in their respective countries and that it should be submitted to the CoSP, in addition to the United Nations General Assembly and other relevant bodies of the United Nations.
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Oktober 2012- Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini menyatakan kerajaan komited dalam usaha memerangi gejala rasuah dan ianya terus kekal menjadi keutamaan kerajaan dengan meletakkannya sebagai satu Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA) dalam Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP) dan Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP).
Katanya, pelbagai pendekatan yang diambil dalam membanteras gejala rasuah menunjukkan keseriusan kerajaan, termasuk transformasi aspek rangka kerja sehingga penubuhan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).
“Kita selalu mendengar apabila orang bercakap mengenai rasuah, perkara pertama yang berada dalam fikiran adalah penyalahgunaan kuasa dalam kalangan penjawat kerajaan dan ahli-ahli politik dan kita perlu berhenti melihat perbuatan itu hanya kepada penjawat awam dan ahli-ahli politik.
“Tanggapan sedemikian sebenarnya cukup dangkal kerana pada hakikatnya gejala rasuah boleh dilakukan oleh sesiapa sahaja,” katanya ketika berucap pada majlis perasmian Persidangan Pertubuhan Agensi Penguat Kuasa Anti Rasuah Antarabangsa (IAACA) Keenam di Pusat Konvensyen Kuala Lumpur di sini.
Majlis disertai lebih 1,000 pegawai pencegah rasuah dari 120 negara itu turut dihadiri Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM, Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed dan Presiden IAACA, Prof. Cao Jianming.
Pada majlis itu, Najib turut menyerahkan sumbangan kerajaan sebanyak RM1 juta untuk menjayakan Akademi Anti Rasuah Antarabangsa kepada Pengerusi IAACA, Martin Kreutner.
Perdana Menteri, semua pihak patut melihat usaha memerangi rasuah dalam perspektif lebih luas kerana terdapat masyarakat berjaya mengurangkan aktiviti itu dengan bergantung kepada kesedaran sivik yang tinggi.
“Kesedaran ini boleh dilaksanakan dengan tumpuan khusus dalam etika, norma-norma dan nilai masyarakat yang berbeza.
“Kesedaran itu cukup kritikal kepada individu yang berada dalam kekuasaan jawatan dan kewibawaan untuk mencontohi nilai-nilai yang perlu diikuti oleh kumpulan yang berada di bawahnya,”katanya.
“Nilai kesedaran yang betul dan kepimpinan etika asal itu sebenarnya bermula dari rumah,” tegas beliau
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]
Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has one of the best anti-corruption strategies in the world such as its on-going education approach through the school children and capacity building, said Australia Anti-Corruption Consultants Director Michael Symons. However, he cautioned that a country can never eradicate corruption overnight or entirely.
“If you build a strong ethical foundation, you will be able to build up the resistance level (against corruption). There is a chance you will reduce corruption but I do not think you will ever entirely get rid of corruption anywhere in the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, American Bar Association (Regional Anti-Corruption) Advisor Daniel Eric Stonecipher said that MACC and the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA) has demonstrated to the regional and global audiences that they are doing well in both investigation and prevention.
“Of all the countries in the South East Asian region, Malaysia is certainly making a herculean effort and it is my hope that the other countries will follow suit and demonstrate likewise. MACC is certainly one of the leaders in combating corruption in this region,” he said.
He added that the Commission is taking on corruption in bite size pieces and making tactical as well as co-ordinated approaches.
“Until you do what the MACC is doing, I do not think you can make significant progress. I am very impressed with the initiatives taken by the MACC under the leadership of Dato’ Sri Abu Kassim,” he said at the sidelines of the 6th Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA).
Concerning the IAACA Conference, Michael Symons described the speakers as “magnificent” and he also said that the spread of topics on anti-corruption were brilliant.
“The IAACA conference is one of the best conference I have ever been to as it is the only conference where there is a spread of anti-corruption agencies from around the world. The conference in Malaysia is one of the best conferences that I have attended in every way,” he said.
When asked if political will is vital in fighting corruption, Symons remarked that it is pointless of having a very effective agency, if the agency is not supported by the government.
He also said that he has some concerns over Transparency International‘s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) because the Index is based on perception and does not truly reflect what is happening in reality.
“I tend to lean towards the actual people who are doing business in a country and not the perception. I am not degrading TI but I think there are better measures,” he said. [ENDS]
IAACA President & Prosecutor-General of Supreme People’s Procuratorate of the People’s Republic of China
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.