To enhance international collaboration in the fight against corruption under the framework of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and to promote Hong Kong’s effective anti-corruption system, the ICAC has been actively stepping up its efforts in offering capacity building assistance to the anti-corruption agencies in different jurisdictions over the past few months. Some highlights of our training collaboration with different anti-corruption agencies around the world during this period are featured below.
Government Inspectorate of Vietnam (GIV), March 2019
In March 2019, the ICAC organised a 6-day training programme in Hong Kong for 19 officers from GIV. Through a total of 15 training sessions, experienced ICAC officers shared with participants from GIV our best practices in corruption prevention and public education. During the programme, the participants also visited the investigation facilities of the Operation Department and a regional office of the Community Relations Department (CRD) of the ICAC to learn about our enforcement and education capacity.
Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) of Timor-Leste, August 2019
In August this year, ICAC officers conducted two 3-day capacity building programmes on corruption prevention and community education in Dili, Timor Leste for 25 graft fighters of the CAC. Through the sharing of ICAC's experience, the training programmes served to enhance the participants' knowledge on effective strategies and best practices in preventing corruption through systemic control and promoting integrity to the general public, young people, and employees in the private and public sectors.
Indonesia Attorney General Office, October 2019
As a regular training arrangement for the Attorney General Office of Indonesia, the ICAC conducted a 2-day training programme in Hong Kong for the prosecutors of Indonesia. Through the programme, 18 young prosecutors from Indonesia are able to learn about ICAC's three-pronged strategy in fighting corruption, in particular our expertise in asset recovery, financial investigation involving money-laundering, and forensic accounting.
Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC), Mongolia, June 2019
In June 2019, the ICAC organised a 7-day capacity building programme for the IAAC and shared with 10 Mongolian investigators our law enforcement techniques and skillsets in different investigation stages. During the programme, a total of 29 training topics including forensic accounting, money laundering, recovery of crime proceeds and computer forensics were thoroughly introduced.
Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), Serbia, July 2019
Taking the opportunity of an outreaching visit to Southeast European countries in July, our officer conducted a 1.5-day focused training on corruption prevention for the officers of the Anti-Corruption Agency in Belgrade, Serbia. In addition to the institutional framework and theory of corruption prevention of the ICAC, our officer also shared with Serbian graft fighters Hong Kong's experience and best practices in integrity management of public officials, handling conflict of interest as well as corruption prevention in the healthcare industry.
UNAFEI UNCAC Training Programme and ACPF-ACLD Joint Annual Seminar, Japan, October 2019
Upon the invitation of the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI), ICAC Commissioner Mr Simon Peh led a delegation to share ICAC's experience at UNAFEI's programmes held in Tokyo. At UNAFEI's 22nd UNCAC Training Programme, Mr Peh shared with 32 anti-corruption practitioners from around the world "Hong Kong's Experience in Building and Sustaining an Effective Anti-Corruption Agency". On the same occasion, Mr David Williams, Principal Investigator of the ICAC, introduced ICAC's effective measures to detect and investigate high profile corruption cases in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Ms Lily Chung, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Centre (HKBEDC) of the ICAC, also shared on the effective anti-corruption practice for the private sector at a joint annual seminar organised by the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation (ACPF) and the Association of Corporate Legal Departments (ACLD).
LAWASIA Conference, Hong Kong, November 2019
In November 2019, ICAC Commissioner Mr Simon Peh participated in the 32nd LAWASIA Conference held in Hong Kong. Speaking at the Panel on "Anti-corruption and Anti-money Laundering in Hong Kong: Trends in Policy, Practice and Technology", Mr Peh briefed the delegates ICAC's statutory powers and investigation capacity in tackling corruption and money laundering, and the Commission's efforts in sustaining Hong Kong's status as a clean international financial centre.
Stay tuned with the International Perspective on ICAC website for more up-to-date information about Hong Kong's anti-corruption efforts for other jurisdictions.