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.
ADB celebrates International Anticorruption Day
President Nakao led ADB staff in commemorating International Anticorruption Day on 8 December 2017 in ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines. In his remarks, the President urged Management and staff to be champions in the fight against corruption, money laundering, and other illicit activities. Read the news release and see the photo.
ADB attends IFI Heads of Integrity meeting hosted by EBRD
The Heads of Integrity of ADB, African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and World Bank met on 28-29 November to share experiences and learnings to facilitate cross-debarment and the implementation of their anticorruption policies. The discussions will also facilitate cooperation between the IFIs on integrity matters for development effectiveness.
iACT to fight corruption! exhibit: Mano-a-Mano (Hand to Hand)
ADB is holding an exhibit as part of its anticorruption activities. The exhibit includes sculptures by Filipino artist A.G. Saño, who used giant hands as models to depict the fight against corruption. One hand extends outwards as if inviting or surrendering to corruption, while the other is raised to repudiate it. They represent the enormity of the conflict and the important task of fighting corruption for the benefit of public good.
Follow-up review: Jaipur Metro Rail Line 1-Phase B Project
India's Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation officials gained 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 Jaipur Metro Rail Project. The review was kicked off on 21 November and will validate implementation progress on the 2017 PPRR recommendations.
ADB participates in Global Forum 10th Plenary Meeting
ADB joined 11 other international organizations as observers at the 10th Plenary Meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes on 15-17 November. The delegates, including tax administration officials from ADB developing member countries, learned about ADB's tax integrity initiatives that will assist them in enhancing their countries’ domestic resource mobilization and tax transparency.