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Anticorruption and Integrity

Underpinned by ADB's zero tolerance for corruption, the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity aligns with ADB’s commitment to strengthen governance across Asia and the Pacific as it mitigates integrity risks, investigates integrity violations, and promotes integrity among ADB’s stakeholders.

Activities

12 May 2022 ADB supports Palau’s efforts to join the Multilateral Tax Convention

On 12 May 2022, ADB and Global Forum held a virtual meeting with two officials of the Bureau of Revenue and Taxation of Palau to discuss the benefits of joining the multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, and provided guidance on how to do so. This meeting is part of ADB’s initiative to support Palau’s efforts to align their legal framework and administrative practices with international tax transparency standards, thereby increasing their capacity to fight tax evasion, halt aggressive tax avoidance, and mobilize domestic resources. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

12 May 2022 ADB promotes international tax integrity standards in Cambodia

On 12 May 2022, ADB and Global Forum held a virtual meeting with 11 officials from the General Department of Taxation of Cambodia to discuss the implementation of an action plan on beneficial ownership and exchange of information for tax purposes. This meeting is part of ADB’s support for Cambodia’s commitment to establish legal and administrative systems that meet international tax integrity standards, increase capacity to fight tax evasion, and mobilize domestic resources. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

5 May 2022 ADB supports implementation of international tax integrity standards in the Philippines

On 5 May 2022, ADB hosted a virtual meeting with five officials from the Department of Finance and Bureau of Internal Revenue of the Philippines to discuss the adoption of Mutual Agreement Procedure regulations and spontaneous exchange of information of tax rulings regulations. These regulations are aimed at implementing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting minimum standards, further enhancing the Philippines’ capacity to mobilize domestic resources by aligning administrative practices with international tax integrity standards. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

28 April 2022 ADB conducts capacity-building session with firms from the People’s Republic of China

On 28 April 2022, ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) conducted a virtual training session in partnership with People's Republic of China (PRC) Resident Mission and Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department, with more than 1,000 participants from the PRC and its foreign entities. The training session, part of OAI's Integrity Learning Series under Capacity Building of Integrity RETA 9703, was tailored specifically for contractors, consultants, trade associations, and contractor advisory firms involved with or intending to participate in ADB funded or administered projects. It aimed to increase awareness of ADB's integrity risk framework, assisting in knowledge building around integrity risk prevention and detection. Learn more about RETA 9703: Capacity Building on Integrity.

26 April 2022 ADB supports Azerbaijan’s efforts toward international tax integrity

On 26 April 2022, ADB hosted a virtual training session on transfer pricing for 12 officials of the Ministry of Economy and the State Tax Service of Azerbaijan. Transfer pricing is one of the main causes of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) through aggressive tax planning schemes. The training aimed to enhance Azerbaijan’s capacity to fight tax avoidance, protect the base tax against BEPS, and increase the opportunity to mobilize domestic resources by aligning administrative practices with international tax integrity standards. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

25 April 2022 ADB and Global Forum host workshop on international tax transparency for Viet Nam

On 25–27 April 2022, ADB and Global Forum held a virtual workshop on the Common Reporting Standard of automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI Standard). Representatives from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand shared their experience in implementing the AEOI Standard with 18 officials of Viet Nam's General Department of Taxation, promoting South-South cooperation. This workshop is part of ADB’s initiative to support Viet Nam’s efforts to align their legal framework and administrative practices with international tax transparency standards, thereby increasing their capacity to fight tax evasion, halt aggressive tax avoidance, and mobilize domestic resources. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

18 April 2022 ADB supports Nepal’s priorities on international tax integrity

On 18 April 2022, ADB and four officials from the Inland Revenue Department of Nepal discussed the benefits of implementing international tax standards to enhance exchange of information for tax purposes and prevent base erosion and profit shifting. This meeting was part of ADB’s initiative to support Nepal’s efforts to align their legal framework and administrative practices with international tax integrity standards, thereby increasing their capacity to fight tax evasion, halt aggressive tax avoidance, and mobilize domestic resources. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

11 April 2022 Kyrgyz Republic AML/CFT training

On 11-13 April 2022, 55 participants from the National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyz Financial Intelligence Unit, and various Kyrgyz banks and payment service providers learned about key concepts and methodology in conducting money laundering and terrorism financing (ML/TF) sectoral risk assessment for the banking and payment service providers sectors. This training supports the implementation of the Methodological Guidance on ML/TF Sectoral Risk Assessment developed for Kyrgyz Republic through RETA 9706: Developing Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Approaches, Methodologies, and Controls (Subproject B).

6 April 2022 ADB and Global Forum co-host workshop on international tax transparency in Viet Nam

On 6–8 April 2022, ADB and Global Forum conducted a virtual workshop on the Standard on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (AEOI Standard) for 18 tax officials from the Viet Nam General Department of Taxation. This workshop is part of ADB’s initiative to support Viet Nam’s efforts to align their legal framework and administrative practices with international tax transparency standards, thereby increasing their capacity to fight tax evasion, halt aggressive tax avoidance, and mobilize domestic resources. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

22 March 2022 ADB promotes international tax integrity standards in the Pacific

On 22–24 March 2022, over 80 senior officials from 12 developing member countries, and regional and international organizations participated in the third workshop of the International Tax Pacific Initiative, co-hosted by ADB, Global Forum, OECD, Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association, World Bank, Australian Taxation Office, and New Zealand Inland Revenue Department. This initiative aims to support efforts of Pacific tax administrations in the phased and tailored implementation of international tax integrity standards to enhance transparency, prevent aggressive tax avoidance practices, and strengthen domestic resource mobilization in the region. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

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