Newsletter October 2014
News October 2014
New website for the Basel Institute on Governance
Visit our new website at: www.baselgovernance.org
Annual Report 2013
The Annual Report 2013 of the Basel Institute on Governance is now available.
International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR)
ICAR is mandated to assist Ukraine in recovering Yanukovych assets
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (GPO) has mandated the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) to assist with tracing and recovering assets stolen by former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and his inner circle. The official agreement was signed in August 2014 in Kyiv by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the Basel Institute’s Managing Director. ICAR will support GPO investigators and prosecutors to locate stolen assets and obtain evidence domestically and from abroad, with a view to enable the successful confiscation of the assets and, ultimately, their return to Ukraine.
ICAR delivers capacity building training to Romanian law enforcement authorities
In June 2014, in the context of the Security Fund of the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme, ICAR and the Superior Council of Magistracy of Romania delivered a 5-day training programme aimed at further developing the skills of members of the Romania National Anti-Corruption Directorate (NAD) to successfully investigate and prosecute international corruption and money laundering cases and recover stolen assets. The workshop placed a particular emphasis on the recently introduced law of “extended confiscation” into the Romania Criminal Code which transposes the EU Council Framework Decision 2005/212/JHA of February 2005 on Confiscation on Crime-Related Proceeds, Instrumentalities and Property into national law.
2014 Edition of the Basel AML Index identifies Iran as highest risk country in money laundering/terrorism financing
The 2014 Edition of the Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index - an annual ranking that assesses country risk regarding money laundering/terrorism financing - is the third annual release published by the Basel Institute. This year’s ranking identifies Iran as the highest risk country, while Finland and Estonia are considered the lowest risk countries. First published in 2012, the 2014 Basel AML Index currently covers 162 countries, 13 more than the 2013 edition. The Index is designed to indicate the vulnerability of a country to money laundering and terrorism financing based on publicly available indicators.
New website aimed at supporting the role of civil society organisations in Asset Recovery
The Basel Institute has created a new online information platform focusing on the role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in recovering stolen assets. Initially developed in the context of the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery (AFAR), the interactive guide is applicable to all CSOs interested in playing a more active role in processes of recovering assets, through advocacy, awareness raising, investigations and in the actual return of assets.
ICAR co-hosts workshop on proceeds of crime and money laundering in Malawi
In June 2014, the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa (ARINSA), the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and ICAR conducted a joint workshop for prosecutors and investigators of Malawi on “Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering”. Applying an interactive and practical approach, the workshop focused on topics such as: applying search warrants to obtain financial documents, preparing production orders and restraining orders, drafting indictments in money laundering cases, developing legal arguments and mutual legal assistance requests, as well as preparing and effecting enforcement of criminal and civil forfeiture/confiscation orders.
ICAR trains on “recovering assets in the cyber era” at 5th Annual General Meeting of the Global Focal Points Network
In October 2014, ICAR’s Senior Investigation Specialist, Federico Paesano, trained participants of the 5th Annual General Meeting of the Global Focal Points Network in Vienna, Austria, on challenges and techniques for recovering assets in the cyber era. A particular focus was on the new and increasingly complex challenges posed to investigators and prosecutors in the field of asset recovery by the development of peer-to-peer currencies like Bitcoin. This area of work is becoming a new focal area for ICAR, following an international workshop on the same topic held in Basel in April 2014 which led to the establishment of a partnership with Interpol and Europol to promote knowledge and good practices on financial investigations relating to misuse of virtual currency for criminal purposes.
Basel Institute provides technical support to health reform project in Albania
The Basel Institute has been requested to provide technical expertise and support on a public governance project aimed at supporting Albania’s efforts to reform its health system (“Support to Health Reform for Inclusive Access and Better Quality of Service Program in Albania”). The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (STPH) is spearheading the project with funding support from the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC). The Institute’s role will include support in setting up and implementing a citizens/patients complaint and transparency system and relating the systems to broader institutional roles and responsibilities of local NGOs, the Ministry of Health and its affiliates, prefectures and districts, as well as civil society.
Social accountability methodology is applied in an anti-corruption youth project in Kenya
In an effort to create awareness and educate youth on corruption and related challenges, the Basel Institute is collaborating with the International Center for Policy and Conflict (Kenya) and the Institute for Social Accountability (Kenya), PAWA 254 (Kenya) and Integrity Watch (Tanzania) to develop an anti-corruption programme targeting young people in Kibera, Kenya. The project will benefit from the application of the Basel Institute developed social accountability assessment methodology and the integration of themed music events and the organization of "governance clubs".
Dr Claudia Baez Camargo is appointed member of the Governance Committee of Fairtrade International
In mid 2014, Fairtrade International appointed Dr Claudia Baez-Camargo, Head of Public Governance Research at the Basel Institute, as member of Fairtrade International’s Governance Committee. Fairtrade International is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder body responsible for the strategic direction for Fairtrade, setting Fairtrade standards and supporting producers. The Governance Committee oversees the governance of the association and its members with a view to making structural and procedural recommendations.
Corporate Governance and Compliance
Gemma Aiolfi is elected member of Ethics and Compliance Switzerland
In mid 2014, Ms Gemma Aiofli, Head of Compliance and Corporate Governance was elected board member of Ethics and Compliance Switzerland (ECS). This newly established organisation is the first cross-industry and cross-sectorial association in Switzerland promoting ethical leadership and organizational integrity. To date the ECS counts 14 organisational and 40 individual members. On 2 October 2014, the Basel Institute will be hosting the ECS’s kick-off meeting to discuss the development of the SME Compliance Tool Kit. The meeting is open for all interested parties.
International Centre for Collective Action (ICCA)
ICCA training on Collective Action to Thai delegation at the International Anti-Corruption Academy
In an effort to increase understanding and interest in Collective Action as a tool to prevent and combat corruption through business and business-public partnerships, the ICCA trained representatives from the private and public sectors from Thailand, including Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission, on available Collective Action tools and methodologies, in the course of an information session held at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Vienna. Experts of the ICCA presented the idea of possibly addressing Thailand’s plans to expand its rail infrastructure through a High Level Reporting Mechanism to Thai delegates in the context of the their government’s stated aim of addressing corruption in the public sector as a priority.
Efforts are underway to address marketing practices in the European pharma industry
Speaking at an event in Beijing, China, hosted by the European Pharmaceutical Industry Association, Gemma Aiolfi, Head of ICCA, raised the prospect of the pharma industry coming together to address incentives and marketing practices in the pharma industry in light of recent enforcement actions, a topic that will be the subject of further work at the ICCA in the future.
Webinar discussion takes place on “Collective Action as a Tool to Counter Corruption”
The Basel Institute’s partner, TRACE International, hosted a webinar to discuss the topic of “Collective Action as a Tool to Counter Corruption” for compliance officers and others interested in learning more about how the private sector can structure and leverage Collective Action to address bribery related issues. The webinar was recorded and is available on the ICCA website.
Share with us your knowledge about anti-corruption Collective Action!
The ICCA continues to seek information for its database about anti-corruption Collective Action in the private sector and would thus welcome any contributions from organisations and individuals involved in or knowledgeable about such initiatives and related information. Please submit here.