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Open contracting recommendations / Hong Kong IPO-related bribery / Transparency during pandemic

Recommendations on open contracting for OGP action plans (Resource).  This briefing discusses: fighting corruption in public procurement in the context of the Open Government Partnership; trends and examples of good practice in open contracting; existing commitments and recommendations for inclusion in action plans”Transparency International: https://www.transparency.org/files/content/activity/Rec_on_Open_Contracting_for_OGP_action_plans_-_FINAL.pdfEx-Hong Kong exchange official charged with IPO-related bribery.  “Hong Kong’s anti-corruption unit has charged a former exchange official with bribery and misconduct over a 2017 IPO application by thread manufacturer Shen You Holdings.”Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/hongkong-bourse-corruption/update-1-ex-hong-kong-exchange-official-charged-with-ipo-related-bribery-idUSL4N2BI2FLEnsuring Adequate Anticorruption, Accountability, and Transparency Measures During the Pandemic (Blog).  “It will not only require that our government…

Health sector corruption / Most corrupt industry / Pakistan transport project

Special Issue on Fighting Corruption in the Health Sector (Blog).  “this special issue…addresses crucial and highly relevant issues related to the health sector’s ability to prevent, detect, and sanction corruption, in order to address the threats that corruption poses to the health system’s ability to perform effectively during both crises and normal times.”Sarah Steingrüber/The Global Anticorruption Blog: https://en.radiofarda.com/a/corrupt-politicians-shady-charitable-entities-and-the-coronavirus-crisis-in-iran/30488713.htmlSee What Industry Ranks as Most Globally Corrupt.  “Companies in the extractive industry faced the most bribery investigations in 2019, both by the U.S. and other global authorities, according to a new corruption report.”Sue Reisinger/Corporate Counsel: https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2020/03/18/see-what-industry-ranks-as-most-globally-corrupt/?slreturn=20200225175951Pakistan's BRT transport project delayed amid corruption claims.  “PM Imran Khan's p…

Open business guidance / Malaysia AirAsia bosses / Indonesia death sentence

Open Business – Summary of principles and guidance for anti-corruption corporate transparency (Resource).  “By demonstrating the value of harnessing transparency in these areas, this report shows how companies can embrace transparency to reduce corruption risk while also building consumer and public trust, protecting and building their reputation and gaining a competitive advantage.”Transparency International: https://www.transparency.org.uk/publications/open-business-anticorruption-governance-disclosure-guidance/AirAsia bosses back after internal inquiry clears them of Airbus scandal links.  “Last month, the duo relinquished their executive roles for two months in the wake of allegations that the airline received a US$50 million (RM219 million) bribe from aircraft manufacturer Airbus. A statement released by AirAsia today said that auditors BDO Governance Advisory Sdn Bhd had cleared them of any wrongdoing.”Free Malaysia Today: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/…

Japan electricity provider / Corruption and coronavirus / Cambodia social accountability

Kansai Electric ordered to improve operations after bribery scandal.“The [Japanese government] ordered Kansai Electric Power Co to improve its business operations following a bribery scandal…[which] began in 1987…and continued for more than three decades until they were discovered in a tax audit.”Japan Today: https://japantoday.com/category/crime/kansai-electric-ordered-to-improve-operations-over-bribery-scandalCorruption and the coronavirus (Blog).  “The procurement of medicines and supplies in health systems is typically one of the most vulnerable areas for corruption. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), approximately 10 – 25 per cent of all money spent on procurement globally is lost to corruption…And that’s during normal times.”Transparency International: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_and_the_coronavirusScaling up Social Accountability in Key Public Services in Cambodia.  “US$5.95 million was granted to World Vision International …

COVID-19 times transparency / Pakistan cases processing / Philippines other virus

In times like these, transparency matters more than ever (Blog).  “During crises like the outbreak of a deadly virus, the risk of corruption in healthcare is exacerbated by dramatically increased pressure on the system. Disruption, uncertainty and distraction contribute to an environment in which corrupt actors can take advantage of the crisis for their own benefit.” Transparency International: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/in_times_like_these_transparency_matters_more_than_everChairman NAB directs rapid processing of mega corruption cases.  “[Pakistan’s Chairman National Accountability Bureau] Justice Javed Iqbal, during his visit, issued instructions for bringing all Mega Corruption Scams to their logical end without causing any delay and to file evidence based corruption references in Accountability Courts.”The Nation: https://nation.com.pk/20-Mar-2020/chairman-nab-directs-rapid-processing-of-mega-corruption-casesThat other virus—corruption (Opinion).  “Just …

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (21 March 2020): PNG, Samoa, Vanuatu

What ails Australian aid to the Pacific? Two Pacific expert views.  There are issues around corruption and wastage but if the Pacific people were to have a greater say in programming and the aid we receive, we can then be held entirely responsible for it.” https://devpolicy.org/what-ails-australian-aid-to-the-pacific-two-pacific-expert-views-20200320/PNG: Avoiding the wrong lessons on aid and corruption. Corruption is not a new argument against development assistance. https://devpolicy.org/avoiding-the-wrong-lessons-on-aid-and-corruption-20200319/Major reforms under way in PNG police force. Bryan Kramer says reform has started with efforts to weed out poor administration and corruption within the police hierarchy in Port Moresby.https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific/audio/2018738378/major-reforms-under-way-in-png-police-forceUp to K4.4bn laundered in PNG.  The possible level of money laundering in PNG could be in the range of K1.8 billion and K4.4 billio…

Malaysia 1MDB recovery / Emergency fiscal transparency / ASEAN food security

Malaysia recovers $459 million of 1MDB fraud money: PM's office.  “Malaysia has recovered RM1.4 billion (S$459 million) of funds allegedly stolen from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and identified another RM6.9 billion for recovery, the prime minister's office said”The Straits Times: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-recovers-s459-million-of-1mdb-fraud-money-pms-officeFiscal Transparency in Times of Emergency Response: Reflections for times of Covid-19 (Blog).  “While transparency expectations for risks management and contingencies are part of international standards and particular attention has also been given in post-disaster attention, fiscal transparency in emergency situations is certainly intricate.”Lorena Rivero del Paso/Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency: http://www.fiscaltransparency.net/blog_open_public.php?IdToOpen=8281ASEAN food security: Corruption, micronutrients and food import dependency region’s biggest challenges.  “Wh…