Tax auditors from Pacific developing member countries receive exchange of information training
Tax auditors from 12 Pacific developing member countries learned to effectively use exchange of information (EOI) tools at a seminar by Global Forum, Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association, and ADB on 10 to 12 April in Nadi. Fiji Revenue and Customs Services CEO Visvanath Das in his closing remarks underscored the importance of international cooperation and EOI in securing domestic revenue.
ADB supports the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission to strengthen its anti-money laundering regime
Over 30 officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) collaborated with ADB to develop anti-money laundering guidelines for SEC-regulated entities at a workshop held on 5-6 March in Tagaytay City. The workshop is part of ADB’s technical assistance to support the creation of an anti-money laundering unit at SEC.
Mongolia’s private sector receives continued support to develop AML/CFT compliance programs
To develop effective anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) programs, 80 participants from banks, remittance and real estate agencies in Ulaanbaatar attended a series of workshops on 26-28 February. ADB is rolling out toolkits to help participants improve their internal anti-money laundering regimes.
Seminars in Afghanistan reinforce stakeholders’ anticorruption awareness
Forty-two executing and implementing agencies, civil society organizations, and private sector representatives reinforced their knowledge of ADB’s Anticorruption Policy and skills for detecting integrity violations at the seminars held on 20-21 February in Kabul. A session on ADB’s investigation processes and new procurement framework was also conducted for the National Procurement Authority on 19 February.
Afghanistan Resident Mission participates in Respect at Work and Integrity Due Diligence session
To raise awareness and enhance skills on due diligence for preventing fraud and corruption in ADB projects, 27 staff and consultants were briefed on ADB’s Code of Conduct (AO 2.02) and Disciplinary Measures and Procedures (AO 2.04) on 21 February in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance, ADB explore how to strengthen project transparency
Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister for Finance and ADB Alternate Governor Mohammad Khalid Payenda, together with Afghanistan Resident Mission Country Director Samuel Tumiwa and OAI Director David Binns, explored how ADB can support the Government of Afghanistan to strengthen transparency in ADB projects. The meeting was held on 21 February in Kabul.
Follow-up review held for Greater Colombo Water and Wastewater Management Program
Sri Lanka's officials will gain implementation assistance from the project procurement related review (PPRR) team of ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity during the follow-up review of the Greater Colombo Water and Wastewater Management Improvement Investment Program. The review, which kicked off on 20 February, will validate implementation progress on the 2016 PPRR recommendations.
Seminars in India strengthen stakeholders’ anticorruption capabilities
Over 70 representatives from executing and implementing agencies, civil society organizations, contractors, suppliers, and consultants strengthened their knowledge of ADB’s Anticorruption Policy and skills to prevent and detect integrity violations in ADB-financed projects through a series of anticorruption seminars held on 30 January-1 February in New Delhi. ADB's India Resident Mission and Office of Anticorruption and Integrity organized the seminars.
Bank of Papua New Guinea, ADB hold meetings to support Papua New Guinea’s AML/CFT compliance
ADB is assisting Papue New Guinea in strengthening its institutional framework to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, which destabilizes financial systems. ADB's Office of the General Counsel and Office of Anticorruption and Integrity initiated the consultation process to enhance Papua New Guinea's anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance on 11-14 December in Port Moresby. More than 80 representatives from financial institutions and designated non-financial businesses and professions participated in the consultation meetings.
Forensic Auditing Workshop held in Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyz Republic Resident Mission Country Director Candice McDeigan opened the forensic auditing workshop held on 5-6 December in Bishkek, and stressed the negative impact of corruption on development and importance of collective actions to prevent corruption. The Kyrgyz auditors from private and public sectors learned skills to help them detect fraud and to safeguard development funds.