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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

20 September 2022 ADB conducts integrity capacity building with the Assam Skills University Education Project of India

On 20 September 2022, ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) conducted a hybrid session with 20 participants from executing agencies (EAs), implementing agencies (IAs), project management units, bid evaluation committees, and consultant teams of the India: Assam Skills University Education Project. The integrity capacity building session, which was jointly organized with ADB's South Asia Department (SARD), is part of OAI’s Integrity Learning Series under RETA 9703. It was specifically tailored for the participants who have project responsibility and oversight involvement. The session aimed to increase awareness of ADB’s anticorruption framework, the essentials of due diligence, and red flag indicators of integrity risks. For similar training requests for your EAs/IAs or projects, contact [email protected]. Learn more about RETA 9703: Capacity Building on Integrity.

14 September 2022 ADB holds energy sector focused capacity building on integrity

On 14 September 2022, ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) and Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department conducted a virtual session with more than 100 attendees from ADB's Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) countries and energy sector personnel. The capacity building, which is part of OAI’s Integrity Learning Series, was specifically tailored for the CWRD executing and implementing agencies of ADB-funded projects in the energy sector. The session, which was jointly organized with CWRD, aimed to increase awareness of ADB’s integrity risk framework, and assist in building the knowledge of integrity risk prevention and detection. Learn more about RETA 9703: Capacity Building on Integrity.

1 September 2022 ADB participates in the Philippines’ 2022 National Crime Prevention Week

On 1 September 2022, ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) together with representatives from ASEAN Police (ASEANAPOL) Secretariat, Asia Crime Prevention Foundation (ACPF), and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) presented at the Promoting Regional Cooperation in Asia webinar during the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW). OAI presented an overview of integrity related international standards, the common standards and their implementation, and the work ADB does in the Philippines and the region to promote a risk-based approach to managing integrity risks, including how technical assistance provides support to developing member countries relating to such international standards. 

The 28th NCPW observance underscores the importance of crime prevention and the need to adopt a total approach in combatting criminality with the active participation of the five pillars of the criminal justice system in the Philippines. It aims to generate community awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of crime prevention and foster interest and encourage participation of the public in the government’s programs. 

31 August 2022 ADB supports the implementation of international tax integrity standards in Asia

On 31 August–2 September 2022, ADB and the Asia Pacific Tax Hub participated in the Second Meeting of the Global Forum’s Asia Initiative held at Bali, Indonesia. This hybrid meeting was attended by 50 participants from 14 Asian jurisdictions and four development partners (ADB, IFC, SGATAR, and WBG). Participants approved a high-level work plan to achieve the objectives of the Bali Declaration. Launched in November 2021, the Asia Initiative aims to promote the implementation of the internationally agreed tax transparency standards in Asia to tackle tax evasion and other illicit financial flows. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

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

On 22–23 August 2022, ADB participated in the 19th Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association Annual Heads Meeting held at Nadi, Fiji. More than 50 participants joined the ADB-led hybrid discussion which considered the potential impact of the two-pillar solution in addressing the tax challenges arising from the digitalized economy and the benefits derived from the Asia Pacific Tax Hub. Through RETA 9433, ADB supports Pacific developing member countries in a phased and tailored implementation of international tax integrity standards to improve domestic resource mobilization, enhance tax transparency, and prevent aggressive tax planning. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

15 August 2022 ADB supports Mongolia’s efforts to implement international tax integrity standards

On 15–18 August 2022, ADB and the Global Forum held technical discussions with more than 50 Mongolia government officials to help Mongolia prepare for its upcoming peer review that will assess its implementation of the international tax transparency standards and exchange of information on request. Through RETA 9433, ADB supports Mongolia’s efforts to align their legal framework and administrative practices with the international tax integrity standards by increasing their capacity to prevent aggressive tax planning schemes, fight tax evasion, and mobilize domestic revenue resources. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

10 August 2022 ADB supports Papua New Guinea's efforts to implement tax integrity standards

On 10 August 2022, ADB and the Global Forum held a virtual meeting with six officials from Papua New Guinea's Internal Revenue Commission to discuss their confidentiality and data safeguarding arrangements for the implementation of the automatic exchange of information standard. Under RETA 9433, ADB supports Papua New Guinea's efforts to align their legal framework and administrative practices with international tax integrity standards, as a way to increase their capacity to fight tax evasion, prevent aggressive tax avoidance, and mobilize domestic resources. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

29 July 2022 Uzbekistan project personnel learn about integrity risks and mitigation

On 29 July 2022, eight personnel from the executing agencies (EA), implementing agencies (IAs), and project implementation units (PIUs) of the Skills Development for a Modern Economy Project in Uzbekistan discussed ADB’s integrity framework and strategies to prevent and detect fraud, corruption, and other integrity risks at a virtual training session conducted by ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI), in partnership with ADB's Central and West Asia Department (CWRD). The CWRD inception mission team composed of Xin Long (mission leader) and Jocelyn Narciso also accompanied the project officers during the training session. The session is part of OAI’s Integrity Learning Series under the Capacity Building on Integrity RETA 9703.

26 July 2022 ADB supports Armenia's efforts to implement tax integrity standards

On 26–28 July 2022, ADB and the Global Forum held discussions with 17 officials from Armenia's State Revenue Committee and Central Bank regarding Armenia’s confidentiality and data safeguarding arrangements for the implementation of the automatic exchange of information standard. Through RETA 9433, ADB supports Armenia's efforts to align their legal framework and administrative practices with international tax integrity standards, as a way to increase their capacity to fight tax evasion, prevent aggressive tax avoidance, and mobilize domestic resources. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

22 July 2022 ADB supports Indonesia in adopting global minimum tax rules

On 22 July 2022, ADB and OECD held a meeting in Jakarta with 57 officials from Indonesia's Ministry of Finance. The meeting discussed opportunities for the implementation of global minimum tax rules under Pillar Two of the Two-Pillar Solution developed by the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). Through RETA 9433, ADB supports Indonesia’s efforts to protect its tax base against BEPS and increase the opportunity to mobilize domestic resources, thereby achieving its long-term development priorities. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

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