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UK-US extra-territorial laws / GovTech procurement recommendations / Myanmar ACC performance

Practice Alert: Key differences in UK Bribery Act guidance versus FCPA guidance (Blog).  “…given the extra-territoriality of both laws and active enforcement, many international firms will need to consider both the U.S. and UK guidance when designing and implementing their controls.”Sam Tate/The FCPA Blog: http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2019/5/20/practice-alert-key-differences-in-uk-bribery-act-guidance-ve.htmlThinking about GovTech – A Brief Guide for Policymakers (Resource).  “…a prevalence of disastrous, expensive IT projects points to a profound lack of government oversight in private-sector partnerships, indicating carelessness, lack of capacity, or even corruption…It is thus incumbent upon policymakers to reconceive how they buy, use, and regulate the technologies of twenty-first century governance.”Tanya Filer/Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge: https://www.bennettinstitute.cam.ac.uk/news/bennett-institute-issues-worlds-first-guide-global/A Look at…

Malaysia corruption inroads / Myanmar road department / Philippines Land Transportation

Corruption making inroads into Pakatan Harapan, warns Anwar.  Anwar Ibrahim, the “prime minister-in-waiting” said that people should not blindly support the Pakatan Harapan ruling coalition, adding that it was imperative for party members to speak out against leaders who had gained sudden wealth.Channel News Asia: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-corruption-making-inroads-pakatan-harapan-anwar-ibrahim-11542038One Sentenced, One at Large in Mandalay Corruption Case.  As the Department of Rural Road Development distributed the money to vendors, the two individuals charged abused their power by diverting a total of three percent of the costs—or 10.278 million kyats (US$6,660)—to their own pockets, although one still remains at large.De Hlaing Winn/The Irrawaddy: https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/one-sentenced-one-large-mandalay-corruption-case.htmlLTO-7 moves to rid itself of corrupt practices.  Aside from going after alleged corrupt officials, the Philippine…

Anti-corruption studies podcast / Hong Kong IPO bribery / Blockchain for procurement

New Podcast Episode, Featuring Bo Rothstein (Blog/Podcast).  This KickBack Podcast episode discusses “a range of topics, including the right way to define corruption (and its opposite), how the field of anticorruption studies has changed in the past 20 years, what we’ve learned about the most effective ways of addressing systemic corruption, and what ought to be at the top of the agenda for future research.”Matthew Stephenson/The Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2019/05/14/new-podcast-episode-featuring-bo-rothstein/Ex-managing director of investment bank charged with bribery over IPO of logistics company.  Catherine Leung Kar-cheung, former managing director of J.P. Morgan has been charged by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) with bribing the chairman of a logistics company with an employment of the chairman’s son with the bank for the chairman showing favour to the bank in the engagement of investment banks or insti…

Indonesian politician database / Why corporate governance / Thailand imposters extort

Battling Corruption in Indonesia’s Elections (Opinion).  “Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) developed rekamjejak.net, the country’s first comprehensive database of parliamentary candidates. In addition to providing basic information on candidates, like their estimated wealth and business links, rekamjejak.net helps voters learn whether or not incumbents have had corruption charges levied against them during their time in parliament.”Donal Fariz/The Diplomat: https://thediplomat.com/2019/05/battling-corruption-in-indonesias-elections/Why it makes good business sense to focus on environmental, social and corporate governance practices (Opinion/Video).  “More corporations realise that [Environment, Social and Corporate Governance] policies that take care of the environment, their staff and the public matter – not just by demonstrating corporate integrity but also as sound fiscal acuity.Andrew Sun/South China Morning Post: https://www.scmp.com/native/business/markets/topics/inves…

Malaysia ministers KPI / Indonesia police salary / Japan car-maker profit

Ministers may soon add anti-corruption measures to their KPIs.  Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) has proposed to the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) that ministers should undertake these five anti-corruption measures at their ministries as part of the National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP).The Edge Markets: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/dr-mahathir-wants-lawmakers-declare-assets-antigraft-driveThrowing money at corruption (Commentary).  “…it is highly unlikely that bumping up a few salaries or giving better allowances will result in a significant drop in Indonesia’s corruption statistics. More than likely, the government there will need to look at a more holistic approach which not only involves those in employment but the nation as a whole.”Sheith Khidhir/The ASEAN Post: https://theaseanpost.com/article/throwing-money-corruptionJapan's Nissan sees sharply lower prof…

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (18 May 2019): PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: 2019 Walk Against Corruption launched. Transparency International PNG launched 13th Annual Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption on May 16th. http://www.looppng.com/png-news/2019-walk-against-corruption-launched-84312PNG’s Prime Minister Delays No-Confidence Vote by Adjourning Parliament. A vote of no confidence was slated to take place on May 16 to remove Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill from office.https://thediplomat.com/2019/05/pngs-prime-minister-delays-no-confidence-vote-by-adjourning-parliament/PNG PM rewards loyal coalition partners with portfolios.  Mr O'Neill has rewarded main coalition parties who have stayed with him during an ongoing political wrestle as the opposition prepares for a vote of no confidence against him, for example with ministerial seats for Defense, Health, and Transport and Infrastructure.https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/389161/png-pm-rewards-loyal-coalition-partners-with-portfoliosFIJI: Win…

SDG Accountability Handbook / Viet Nam crackdown reasons / BRI responsible practice

SDG Accountability Handbook (Resource).  This practical guide for civil society features examples from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand’s anti-corruption commissions’ use of Consumer Price Index data as a key performance indicator to measure anti-corruption efforts (page 67).Transparency, Accountability & Participation for 2030 Agenda (TAP Network): https://sdgaccountability.org/about-the-handbook/Real reasons for Vietnam’s crackdown on graft (Opinion).  “What makes sense (and what Hanoi appears to be doing) is to sort out the most profitable and competent firms from those that are institutionally incompetent and corrupt, and stop the latter from leeching off the state’s restricted funds.”David Hutt/Asia Times: https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/opinion/real-reasons-for-vietnams-crackdown-on-graft/Responsible practices are key to BRI’s success.  “[Chinese companies participating in the BRI] should adhere to the United Nations Global Compact’s 10 universal principles in the ar…