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India e-request / London Summit / Vietnam workshop

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e-Request: Examples of asset declaration. AP-INTACT members are invited to share with UNDP India, which is responding to a request from the Indian Government, for examples from other countries on asset declaration by public officials/public servants and by Members of Parliament/Members of State Legislature, judiciary – specifically how assets are declared, in what form (electronic, etc.) and what details are provided (moveable, immovable assets, other types).  This information will help inform the guidelines being developed for implementation of the anti-corruption legislation, Lok Pal Act.

Please email your examples of asset declaration to ap-intact@groups.undp.org.

Thank you to Sumeeta Banerji, UNDP India, for sharing this information.

TI’s Database of London Anticorruption Summit Commitments.  "Last May’s London…

Transparency International - Daily Corruption News - 28 Sept 2016

28 September 2016 
Today's top story UK: 'Widespread corruption' claims hit FA after Allardyce quits
Sky News
Evidence reportedly implicating eight current and former Premier League managers in taking "bungs" for player transfers will be passed on to the FA - just hours after England boss Sam Allardyce was forced to stand down.


More news Global: Lobbying to face greater scrutiny in European commission proposals
The Guardian (TI mention)
Global: StanChart tells authorities about corruption allegations at Indonesian firm
Reuters
Afghanistan: U.S.-backed effort to fight Afghan corruption is a near-total failure, audit finds
New York Times
China: China to prosecute former chief in Xinjiang city of Hotan for corruption, abuse of power
Reuters
Maldives: High level of fear and intimidation prevails in Ma…

Ethical Alliance Daily News - 28 Sept 2016

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Indonesia: StanChart tells authorities about corruption allegations at Indonesian firm
Sep 28, 2016 08:00 pmStandard Chartered (STAN.L) has told “appropriate authorities” about alleged corruption at an Indonesian power plant company majority-owned by its private equity arm, the bank said on Tuesday. The statement came in response to an earlier Wall Street Journal report that […] Read More Insights: A hop, skip and a jump down memory lane of corruption in sports
Sep 28, 2016 07:30 pm Read our latest blog post which highlights some of the world's biggest sports corruption scandals that had marred the sporting industry in the last decade, as well as possible enforcement actions to come. Read More United Kingdom: England FA hit by another corruption crisis – report
Sep 28, 2016 07:00 pm Hours after Sam Allardyce was sacked as England manager for inappropriate conduct, the Football Association was hit by a new crisis as eight current and former Premier League managers sta

WSJ - Corruption Currents: South Korean Anti-Graft Law Comes into Effect (28 Sept 2016)

WSJ - Corruption Currents: South Korean Anti-Graft Law Comes into Effect (28 Sept 2016). By Samuel Rubenfeld. http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2016/09/28/corruption-currents-south-korean-anti-graft-law-comes-into-effect/

Maldives timeline / Healthcare corruption / India-China synergy

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Maldives: A timeline to corruption.  The politics of the Maldives has been turbulent, with government leaders implicated in corrupt deals.

Will Jordan/Al Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/maldives-timeline-corruption-160907092418808.html

Technology could help tackle corruption in healthcare: Study.  Corruption, fraud and discrimination are major barriers to healthcare provision in many developing countries, but mobile phone technology innovations like apps could help beat the bad practices, a new study has suggested.

The Times of India; http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Technology-could-help-tackle-corruption-in-healthcare-Study/articleshow/54050138.cms

India, China find synergy in anti-corruption move. China will establish a research centre on fugitive repatriation and asset recovery to tackl…

Cambodia video / 8 principles / Thailand punishment

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Watching Out: Cambodian Corruption Video Documentation Where Censorship Fails.  "Low-cost video, and easier video distribution, simple though it sounds, is emerging as one of the premier corruption-fighting tools."

Kaitlin Beach/Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2016/09/09/watching-out-cambodian-corruption-video-documentation-where-censorship-fails/

8 principles for transparent reporting of international public finance flows.  "How much public money does your country send to other countries, and for what purposes?  The short answer is: We don’t know."

Jesse Griffiths/DevEx: https://www.devex.com/news/8-principles-for-transparent-reporting-of-international-public-finance-flows-88724

Thai justice minister backs tough anti-corruption bill.  Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchay…

China netizens / Larger governments / Philippines crime rate

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China’s Netizens Charge Corruption May Have Caused China’s Lackluster Performance at Rio.  China had its worst Olympic run in 20 years at this year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, a performance that China’s netizens believe may have less to do with athletic ability and more to do with the scruples of those running the nation’s sporting authorities.

Frank Fang/Epoch Times: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2154690-chinas-netizens-charge-corruption-may-have-caused-chinas-lackluster-performance-at-rio/

Larger Governments Have Less Corruption (Part 2 – Possible Explanations) (commentary).  "At the moment, my working hypothesis is that small-government conservatives like Professor Becker had it exactly backwards: Excessively small government, not excessively large government, is the more important root cause of corruption.&quo…

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (23 Sept 2016) – PNG, Fiji, Cook Islands, Samoa

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These updates are provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Anti-Corruption Project for Southeast Asia, and the joint UNODC - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, with support of the Australian Government. If a link below does not work, please copy and paste the link into your browser’s address bar instead.

PNG:

Electoral Commissioner says no to political influence.  There are reports from Papua New Guinea that political leaders are trying to influence the appointment of election officials.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/313781/png-electoral-commissioner-says-no-to-political-influence

FIJI:

NFP says cabinet reshuffle concentrates power.  The opposition National Federation Party in Fiji says Frank Bainimarama's new cabinet concentrates power in a handful of ministers and means a conflict of interest in some …

Pakistan index / Thailand timetable / Indonesia democracy

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Public Opinion for Public Policy: Pakistan’s Citizen Satisfaction Index (op-ed).  "[Pakistan's] Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and UNDP in Pakistan are collaborating to create a Citizens’ Satisfaction Index, through collection, and dissemination of the results of a series of nationwide household surveys of citizen’s perceptions regarding public goods and services."

Amir Khan Goraya/Open Government Partnership: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/blog/ogp-webmaster/2016/09/07/public-opinion-public-policy-pakistan%E2%80%99s-citizen-satisfaction-index

PM says Thailand will be corruption-free in 20 years.  Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government will not intervene in the Thai justice system, while urging everyone to cooperate with the government to combat corruption.

Pattaya Mail…

India online system / Large governments / Anti-bribery handbook

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India Government might soon use online system to curb corruption.  An online system to give the vigilance status of top executives in central public sector enterprises might soon be started by the Indian Government.

The Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Government-may-soon-use-online-system-to-curb-corruption/articleshow/54018979.cms

Larger Governments Have Less Corruption (Part 1 – The Evidence).  "Is it true that (all else equal) countries with larger governments have more corruption, compared to countries with smaller governments?  The answer is no. If anything, the evidence cuts in the opposite direction."

Matthew Stephenson/Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2016/09/06/larger-governments-have-less-corruption-part-1-the-evidence/

2016 Global Overview of Anti-Bribery Laws Handbook.  Released by Baker…

Australia action / China return / Cambodia-China MoU

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Panama Papers sparked action against more than 100 Australian taxpayers.  Investigations into tax evasion and crime identified in the Panama Papers by an Australian specialist police taskforce have resulted in compliance action against more than 100 taxpayers.

Paul Karp/The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/06/coalition-says-panama-papers-sparked-action-against-more-than-100-australian-taxpayers

China secures return of hundreds of corruption suspects.  China’s anti-corruption efforts have netted hundreds of fugitives fleeing graft investigations from overseas, including 33 of the Communist Party’s 100 most wanted suspects, the government watchdog said, along with 7.47 billion yuan (€1 billion) in bribes.

Clifford Coonan/The Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/china-s…

Vietnam extractives / Indonesia law / Myanmar scorecard

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Việt Nam should adopt EITI for resource management.  Implementing the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) will help Việt Nam fight corruption in the resources extraction sector, participants were told at a workshop in Hà Nội.

Viet Nam News: http://vietnamnews.vn/society/342764/viet-nam-should-adopt-eiti-for-resource-management.html#Wu0qy4LkMre79W0j.97

NGO says more effective law needed in Indonesia's war vs corruption.  The legal policy package, to be issued by the government should give more effective instrument to fight rampant corruption in the country, the NGO Indonesia Corruption Watch said.

Antara News: http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/106694/more-effective-law-needed-in-war-against-corruption-icw

Sanctioned Myanmar firms make poor showing on transparency scorecard.  Myanmar’s two military holdin…

Transparency International - Daily Corruption News - 15 Sept 2016

15 September 2016 There will be no Daily Corruption News tomorrow, Friday 16 Sept 2016. It will be resumed on Monday.
Today's top story Brazil: Brazil ex-President Lula and wife face charges in corruption scandal
BBC News
Federal prosecutors in Brazil have asked a judge to file corruption charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. They accused him of being the "boss" of a huge corruption scheme that cost the state oil company, Petrobras, an estimated $12.6bn (£9.5bn) in losses.


More news Global: Telia asked to pay $1.4 billion to settle bribery probe
The Wall Street Journal
Europe: Danes chosen to lead EU fight against corruption in Ukraine
Associated Press

Greece: Wife of Greek central bank head targeted …

WSJ - Corruption Currents: Lula Denies Corruption Charges, Calls Them a Political Attack. 15 Sept 2016

WSJ - Corruption Currents: Lula Denies Corruption Charges, Calls Them a Political Attack. 15 Sept 2016. By Ben DiPietro.
http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2016/09/15/corruption-currents-lula-denies-corruption-charges-calls-them-a-political-attack/

Ethical Alliance Daily News - 16 Sept 2016

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Taiwan: Taiwan slaps ban, fine on bank linked to Panama Papers
Sep 16, 2016 08:00 pmTaiwan regulators have ordered the removal of executives of a local bank linked to the Panama Papers scandal and barred it from opening overseas branches, saying not enough was done to prevent money laundering. Mega International Commercial Bank had already […] Read More United States: Two ex-executives charged in U.S. Navy-related bribery case
Sep 16, 2016 07:30 pm Two former executives of a foreign defense contractor at the center of a fraud and corruption scandal have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Navy and other offenses, the United States Department of Justice said on Thursday. The […] Read More Sweden: Swedish telecoms firm Telia says faces up to $1.4 bn in corruption fines
Sep 16, 2016 07:00 pm US and Dutch authorities are seeking $1.4 billion in fines from Telia to settle probes into alleged bribes by the Swedish telecoms operator in the Centra