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Ethical Alliance Daily News (29 July 2015)

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WSJ - Corruption Currents: Jack Warner Gets More Time to Fight Extradition (28 July 2015)

WSJ - Corruption Currents: Jack Warner Gets More Time to Fight Extradition (28 July 2015). By Samuel Rubenfeld. http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2015/07/28/corruption-currents-jack-warner-gets-more-time-to-fight-extradition/

Daily Corruption News from Transparency International (29 July 2015)

29 July 2015 Today's top story Tanzania: Rampant corruption keeps the fruits of the many in the hands of the few
The Guardian
Fears are growing that endemic graft in Tanzania will deny the majority of its people a fair share of the wealth generated by the country’s natural gas riches

More news Canada: Ex-Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay’s home searched by anti-corruption unit
The Globe and Mail
China: China says recovered 38.7 billion yuan in graft losses
Reuters
Germany: Germany clamps down on corruption in health sector
Deutsche Welle (TI mention)
India: New law to seize property of corrupt officials
Times of India
Indonesia: Indonesian police arrest three people from foreign trade ministry over corruption allegations
ABC
Italy: Rome's hot summer: corruption, breakdowns run cit…

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: (Indonesia) Challenges in e-government implementation

"With over 250 million people, Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest population and the largest in Southeast Asia. While the government’s vision for information and communications technology (ICT) is 'to bring into reality a modern information society, prosperous and highly competitive, with strong support from ICT', the current development is still a long way off this goal."

Read the op-ed by Sri Ranjini Mei Hua and Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman, in The Jakarta Post. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/07/27/challenges-e-government-implementation.html

[ap-intact] INFO: Euro Chamber of Commerce, state-owned power company take anti-corruption pledge in Cambodia

Cambodia's Anti-Corruption Unit has signed memorandums of understanding with state-owned energy provider Electricite du Cambodge (EdC) and the European Chamber of Commerce pledging to work with these entities to prevent the use of corrupt practices in business dealings.

Read the story by Ayanna Runcie and Sok Chan, in Phnom Penh Post. http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/eurocham-edc-take-anti-corruption-pledge

[ap-intact] INFO: Malaysia's anti-corruption measures need strengthening -- Transparency International

[Facilitator's note: Contributed with thanks by Samantha Grant, Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, Transparency International.]

In a press release published 28 July 2015, the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, Germany, said "the on-going investigation of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. Investment fund…highlights the need to strengthen the country’s anti-corruption laws."

Read the full press release from Transparency International. http://www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/malaysia_anti_corruption_measures_need_strengthening

[ap-intact] INFO: Anti-corruption Bibliography–July 2015 Update

An updated version of Matthew Stephenson’s anti-corruption bibliography is now available at http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/mstephenson/2015PDFs/Stephenson%20Corruption%20Bibliography%20July%202015.pdf.  Stephenson is editor-in-chief of the Global Anticorruption Blog (http://globalanticorruptionblog.com/).

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Corruption, capital flight and remittance -- Three sides of Bangladesh economy

“Three aspects of the economy that adversely affect the nation are being reviewed widely in the mainstream media. The Finance Minister openly admitted recently that corruption eats up 2-3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) while a Washington-based research organisation revealed that 1.1 per cent of the country's GDP is lost by way of capital flight to foreign countries.”

Read the editorial by Sayed Kamaluddin, in The Financial Express. http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/07/21/100943

[ap-intact] INFO: US company pays millions in fines for international bribery

Louis Berger International, a New Jersey-based construction management company that pleaded guilty to bribing officials in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Kuwait to secure government construction management contracts, has agreed to pay over $17 million in penalties to the US Government.

Read the story in Sputnik. http://sputniknews.com/us/20150718/1024769171.html

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: The invisible worm -- how corruption invades and destroys a community

Former New South Wales (Australia) Independent Commission Against Corruption senior counsel Geoffrey Watson calls for the creation of a strong and independent federal anti-corruption commission in this lecture for the Cranlana Programme 2015 Alumni Speaker Series.

Read the edited extract of Geoffrey Watson’s speech, in Australian Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/the-invisible-worm-how-corruption-invades-destroys-a-community/6618026

[ap-intact] INFO: Singapore’s anti-money laundering regime among the world’s best, says IMF

“Singapore’s regime for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) meets global standards - and the central bank's regulation and supervision of the financial sector has been evaluated by the International Monetary Fund as “among the best globally” said the Monetary Authority of Singapore.”

Read the story in Channel News Asia. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/singapore/singapore-takes-tough/1986936.html#.VadvwgSYKzo.twitter

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Singapore and Hong Kong Are Small. So What?

“In this post I want to emphasize just how remarkably Singapore—and its fellow Asian city-state Hong Kong—have been in fighting corruption by addressing one of the most common observations raised by those who would either minimize the significance of this achievement, or raise doubts about whether other countries can profitably learn from Singapore and Hong Kong’s experience.”

Read the post by Matthew Stephenson, in the Global Anticorruption Blog. http://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2015/07/16/singapore-and-hong-kong-are-small-so-what/

[ap-intact] INFO: Mobile app joins toolbox in China’s anti-corruption effort

China’s top anti-graft authority uses a mobile app -- available in Apple's App Store and in various Android stores-- to encourage the public to pass on evidence of officials' misconduct.

Read the story in China News Service. http://www.ecns.cn/2015/07-21/173780.shtml

[ap-intact] INFO: Central Asia criminal law group meets with Thai anti-graft agency

[Facilitator's note: Thank you to Piangtawan Phanprasit, International Affairs Officer, Office of the National Anti-Corruption 
Commission of Thailand, for sharing this information.]

The National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand (NACC) welcomed a delegation from the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) to the NACC Headquarters in Nonthaburi province.

Delegation members came from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. They includedhigh-level state officials from prosecutor’s offices, the judiciary and ministries who visited Thailand during 19 – 26 July 2015 as part of the ABA ROLI criminal law programme.

NACC Commissioner Prof. Pakdee Pothisiri presided over the meeting between the NACC and the delegation from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. He was accompanied by Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Chairat Khanittabutr and executives of the Office of the NACC. In his welcome remarks, Prof. Pothisiri outlined the powers and duties of the NACC as well as anti…

[ap-intact] INFO: Nepal anti-corruption agency doesn’t want its powers curbed

Nepal’s Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has asked Parliament and senior leaders of major political parties to retain in the new constitution the agency’s existing powers to investigate into improper conduct of public servants.

Read the story in The Kathmandu Post. http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2015/07/15/news/ciaa-doesnt-want-its-powers-curbed/278462.html

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: (Malaysia) Fighting graft with ICT a step in right direction

“If improved efficiency is all that we want, then I suggest we are wasting time and enormous scarce resources [on information and communications technology]. If, on the other hand, we combine efficiency with confronting corruption in public life, then we will be getting more out of e-government. “

Read the op-ed by Tunku Abdul Aziz, director of the International Institute for Public Ethics and chairman of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Advisory Board, in New Straits Times Online. http://www.nst.com.my/node/91958

[ap-intact] INFO: Mid-Year Review 2015 -- Anti-Corruption in the Asia-Pacific Region

This is a brief overview of recent anti-corruption developments in the Asia-Pacific region in the first half of 2015, with particular focus on Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Read the article by Weiyi Tan and Clarence Ding, in Global Compliance News. http://globalcompliancenews.com/mid-year-review-2015-anti-corruption-asia-pacific-region-20150719/?utm_source=wysija&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weeklynewsletter

[ap-intact] INFO: Malaysia anti-graft agency says not source of info leak

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has denied allegations in the news media that the agency had leaked information from its probe on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the Prime Minister’s wife bank accounts.

Read the story by Rahmah Ghazali, in The Star. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/07/21/macc-rubbishes-claims/

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Dream budget's potential nightmarish consequences (Bangladesh)

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, secretary of SHUJAN: Citizens for Good Governance, Bangladesh, for sharing these insights on the Tk. 2,95,100 crore budget for FY 2015-16 recently proposed by the Bangladesh government.]

“Some experts have been calling the budget too ambitious – even the finance minister called it 'truly ambitious' – questioning the ability of the government to implement it."

Read the commentary by Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, in The Daily Star. http://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/dream-budgets-potential-nightmarish-consequences-100336

[ap-intact] INFO: Thai anti-corruption agency enters into cooperative agreement with int’l migration body

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Orawan Phuwatharadol, International Affairs Officer, Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand, for sharing this information.]

The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with the International Organization for Migration, Thailand, in order to overcome shortcomings in the knowledge and awareness of the relationship between migration and corruption.

Read the full press advisory in the NACC website. http://www.nacc.go.th/download/article/article_20150721162548.pdf

[ap-intact] INFO: Pacific Anti-corruption Updates (24 June 2015) – Regional, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Nauru

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Annika Wythes, Luisa Senibulu, and Samita Singh of the joint UNDP-UNODC Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project for sharing these updates.] Regional: Pacific parliamentarians discuss corruption. Pacific parliamentarians gathered in Nadi to discuss what they can do to make the region free from corruption. www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/31336/pacific-parliamentarians-discuss-corruption#sthash.I94zequA.dpuf Corruption undermines democracy, says Luveni. Corruption is undeniably one of the most serious impediments to human development, says the Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=314633 Fiji: FICAC independent. Parliament cannot direct the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) to prosecute someone, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=314797 Committees Must Be Apolitical, A-G Explains. Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday discussed the s…

[ap-intact] INFO: India Government to move fresh bill to tackle bribery by foreign officials

A Bill that makes accepting or giving bribes by foreign public officials a criminal offence entailing imprisonment of up to seven years among other strict penal provisions will be moved afresh in Parliament by the Indian Government.

Read the story in Daily News and Analysis (DNA). http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-government-to-move-fresh-bill-to-tackle-bribery-by-foreign-officials-2106313

[ap-intact] STUDY OPPORTUNITY: Free online course on anti-corruption

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Professor José Zalaquett, Head of the MOOC Chile Project, Diego Portales University, Chile, for sharing this information. AP-INTACT shares this information strictly as a service to members. To know more, you may click on the links below. Please do not send your query or application to AP-INTACT. AP-INTACT is not responsible for the accuracy of the posted information and is not involved in the registration and programme practices/decisions of the sponsoring organisation.]

On August 31st Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Chile (http://moocchile.com), will launch a free online course on Transparency and Anti-Corruption (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm5KUmMx8Y4 for a promotional video about the course).

The course consists of 33 classes averaging 10-12 minutes each.  Classes are taught in Spanish by distinguished Latin American and international professors and will have Spanish, English, Chinese and Arabic subtitles. Additional course material and qu…

[ap-intact] INFO: The implications of the Senate inquiry into corrupt practices for Australians operating overseas

“Set against a backdrop of an exceptionally low rate of prosecution by Australian authorities of foreign corrupt practices – only one prosecution relating to alleged foreign bribery offences has been brought in Australia to date – the Senate inquiry highlights the Australian Government’s increasing focus on escalating investigations into and prosecutions of its citizens who engage in unlawful business practices overseas.”

Read the essay by Ula Strus and Catherine Williams, in Mondaq. http://www.mondaq.com/australia/x/413592/White+Collar+Crime+Fraud/The+implications+of+the+Senate+inquiry+into+corrupt+practices+for+Australians+operating+overseas

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Thai analysis -- Anti-graft bodies 'need to work better with other state bodies'

“For years, Thailand has put its hopes on the National Anti-Corruption Commission in its battle against fraud, but since the problem has grown more convoluted, the anti-graft body – in its current form – may not be up to the task.”

Read the analysis by Piyaporn Wongruang/The Nation, in Thai Visa News. http://news.thaivisa.com/thailand/thai-analysis-anti-graft-bodies-needs-to-work-better-with-other-state-bodies/107916/

[ap-intact] INFO: The long view for Afghanistan -- Toppling corruption takes time, effort and targeted investment

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Ilham Mohamed, Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific, Transparency International, for sharing this information.]

“Fighting corruption in a warzone is not easy...especially true in a place like Afghanistan.”

Read the article in Transparency International. http://www.transparency.org/news/feature/the_long_view_for_afghanistan_toppling_corruption_takes_time_effort_and_tar

[ap-intact] INFO: Pacific Anti-corruption Updates (21 July 2015) – Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa

[Facilitator’s note: Thank you to Annika Wythes, Luisa Senibulu, and Samita Singh of the joint UNDP-UNODC Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project for sharing these updates.]

Fiji:

PAC scrutinizes ministry over accounts. The Ministry of Finance has come under the microscope of the Public Accounts Committee. http://fijione.tv/pac-scrutinises-ministry-over-accounts/#sthash.FvhUACE6.l6vJEtjH.dpuf

Cocaine worth over $15-M intercepted near Vuda Marina. More than $15 million worth of cocaine has been intercepted in a joint operation between the Fiji Police Force and the Australian Federal Police with the assistance of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority in the Western Division. http://fijivillage.com/news-feature/Cocaine-worth-over-15M-intercepted-near-Vuda-Marina-5r29ks/

Cook Islands:

Political Reform Must Precede Public Service Reform. Reform of the Cook Islands’ Public Service cannot begin before the issue of political reform is tackled head-on, say Opposition MPs. http://pidp.eastwestcent…

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Nabbing the NAB (Pakistan)

“The question is not whether National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is good or bad? The concern is whether it has been effective.”

Read the op-ed by Samson Simon Sharaf, a political economist and a television anchorperson, in Nation. http://nation.com.pk/columns/11-Jul-2015/nabbing-the-nab

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: The role of social media [in fighting corruption] in the Philippines

“No doubt social media platforms can be useful in the fight against corruption. Nonetheless, I’m cautious about overstating the long-term impact that social media might have on corruption in the Philippines. After all, the Philippines has had an active free press for decades, and past administrations have frequently been challenged by civilian participation and condemnation of corrupt practices. Can we really rely on social media to effect lasting change?”

Read the post by Beatriz Paterno, a Harvard Law School student, in the Global Anticorruption Blog. http://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2015/07/10/facebook-fever-is-not-enough-the-role-of-social-media-in-the-philippines/

[ap-intact] INFO: China anti-graft chief calls for stricter punishments

According to Xinhua, the chief of China's anti-graft watchdog called for more severe punishments and stronger discipline for ruling Communist Party members, state media reported on Friday, as President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive enters its third year.

Read the story in Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/10/us-china-corruption-idUSKCN0PK1AG20150710

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Dangerous Corruption in India

“India’s Supreme Court ordered the country’s Central Bureau of Investigation to examine a corruption scandal of astounding proportions, even by India’s terrible standards.”

Read the full editorial in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/13/opinion/dangerous-corruption-in-india.html?_r=0

[ap-intact] INFO: Integrity gets great TV ratings in Nepal

How Nepalis harnessed the power of reality TV to strike a blow against corruption.

Read the article by Blair Glencorse, Suman Parajuli, in Foreign Policy. https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/09/integrity-gets-great-ratings-nepal-corruption/

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: (Bangladesh) Cost Of Corruption

“A candid acceptance of the finance minister regarding corruption's impact on Bangladesh's economic growth is noteworthy. A departure from the usual feel-good presentation of the economy by a member of the government is also rare in our country. Recently, the finance minister said that 2 -3 percent of our GDP is lost due to corruption. However, [Transparency International Bangladesh] thinks that such loss constitute at least 5 percent of the GDP if we add large public procurement along with corruption in health, education, police and judiciary.”

Read the op-ed by Dr Fahmida Khatun, Research Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh, in The Daily Star. http://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/cost-corruption-111523

[ap-intact] INFO: Severe penalties in changes to Thailand anti-graft law

Government officials and foreigners could face severe punishment for corruption -- with the threat of execution under a new amendment to Thailand’s anti-graft law.

Read the story in The Nation. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Severe-penalties-in-changes-to-anti-graft-law-30264329.html

[ap-intact] INFO: Filipino co-founder of anti-corruption NGO among Asia 21 Young Leaders of 2015

The co-founder of Bantay.ph, an anti-corruption NGO in the Philippines founded in 2011, has been named by Asia Society to the Asia 21 Young Leaders Class of 2015, the newest members of the region's preeminent network of young leaders from across the Asia-Pacific.

Read the story in Asia Society. http://asiasociety.org/philippines/filipino-named-new-asia-21-young-leader

[ap-intact] INFO: Malaysian political party calls for cancellation of 16th IACC in KL

Malaysia’s opposition Democratic Action Party said an international anti-corruption conference featuring Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be held in Putrajaya in September should be cancelled as Malaysia is under scrutiny over a debt-ridden state investment firm and allegations of embezzlement involving the prime minister.

Read the story in The Malaysian Insider. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/cancel-anti-graft-conference-malaysians-already-ashamed-enough-says-dap

[ap-intact] INFO: Tax Inspectors Without Borders to track multinational evasion

A team called Tax Inspectors Without Borders will begin helping developing countries deal with the flood of income to low-tax jurisdictions once it’s established next week by the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Read the story by Alan Katz, in Bloomberg Business. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-08/tax-inspectors-shrug-off-borders-to-track-multinational-evasion

[ap-intact] INFO: China anti-corruption campaign now targeting university faculty for illegal 'decadence'

China’s Ministry of Education named and shamed multiple university employees this week who had broken rules as they relate to “righteous life and work styles,” a Communist Party-phrase for a breach against rules and regulations about acceptable behavior outside of the classroom, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

Red the story by Michelle FlorCruz, in International Business Times. http://www.ibtimes.com/chinas-government-anti-corruption-campaign-now-targeting-university-faculty-illegal-1997914

Ethical Alliance Daily News (20 July 2015)

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