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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

28 June 2021 ADB holds two-day AML/CFT training in Pakistan

On 28–29 June 2021, 75 real estate agents, developers, builders, and representatives from the Pakistan Financial Monitoring Unit and Pakistan Federal Board of Revenue participated in a two-day training in Karachi, which included rules and regulations on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) governing the real estate sector and the obligations of real estate agents under Pakistan’s AML/CFT law. Learn more about RETA 9706: Developing Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Approaches, Methodologies, and Controls (Subproject B).

25 June 2021 ADB shares its anticorruption approach in Tajikistan Business Opportunities seminar

On 25 June 2021, ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity highlighted ADB’s zero tolerance for corruption and executing agencies’ requirements to scrutinize the ADB sanctions list when considering consultants and contractors with the Tajikistan Ministry of Transport to promote efficient, effective, accountable, and transparent public administration, including good governance and capacity building.

10 June 2021 ADB holds regional consultation on strengthening tax systems and addressing digital economy tax challenges

On 10 June 2021, 170 participants from 46 jurisdictions, including 36 developing member countries, discussed the progress of developing countries in enhancing their capacity to build sustainable tax revenue bases at a regional consultation on strengthening tax systems and addressing the tax challenges of digitalisation. Areas where domestic resource mobilization could be further supported through participation in the Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting and developments on consensus-based long-term solutions to address digital economy tax challenges were also highlighted in the event co-hosted by ADB, OECD, Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators, Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association, and Study Group on Asian Tax Administration and Research. Read ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity Head John Versantvoort's opening remarks. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

9 June 2021 ADB conducts knowledge-sharing session with Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority

On 9 June 2021, ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity conducted an interactive session with the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority including its management, project management units, and account staff to increase awareness of ADB’s anticorruption framework and to assist in building knowledge on prevention and detection of integrity violations. The event was attended by over 50 participants.

7 June 2021 ADB discusses integrity risks with University of the Philippines College of Law

On 7 June 2021, ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity shared ADB’s approach in mitigating integrity risks, and addressing integrity violations with students from the University of the Philippines College of Law. The session included case studies and was attended by 17 participants.

18 May 2021 ADB promotes international tax integrity standards in the Pacific

On 18–20 May 2021, 60 senior officials from 10 Pacific developing member countries, and regional and international organizations participated in the second workshop of the International Tax Pacific Initiative, co-hosted by ADB, OECD, Global Forum, World Bank, Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association, 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 tax integrity standards to enhance transparency, counter tax evasion, and strengthen domestic resource mobilization in the region. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

12 May 2021 ADB supports Papua New Guinea's efforts to implement tax integrity standards

On 12 May 2021, ADB briefed nine officials from the Internal Revenue Commission of Papua New Guinea regarding a multilateral consensus-based solution for the taxation of a digitalized economy, under development by the Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting. This is the first of a virtual meeting series by ADB to support Papua New Guinea’s efforts to strengthen its capacity to fight tax evasion and to reduce opportunities for aggressive tax planning. Learn more about RETA 9433: Enhancing Tax Transparency of ADB Developing Member Countries.

3 May 2021 ADB launches Asia Pacific Tax Hub to enhance support for developing member countries

President Masatsugu Asakawa at the Annual Meeting webinar on 3 May 2021 launched the Asia Pacific Tax Hub to provide an open and inclusive platform for strategic policy dialogue, knowledge sharing, and development coordination among ADB, its members, and development partners. Japan's Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of State for Financial Services, and ADB Governor Taro Aso gave opening remarks. President Asakawa presented the foundations of the hub followed by panel discussions on three key foundation blocks: medium-term revenue strategies; automation of the tax administration; and international tax cooperation. See the President's speech and presentation slides, and the news release, and video recording.

14 April 2021 Systemic prevention for effective control of corruption

On 14 April 2021, ADB and OECD’s Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific held the third of a four-part capacity development series for over 50 Asia-Pacific anticorruption officials and development partners. The seminar focused on Hong Kong, China's Independent Commission Against Corruption’s experience in preventing systemic corruption in the public sector, including the construction industry, OECD’s anticorruption framework for investments, and ADB’s corruption prevention and compliance approach. Learn more about Regional Technical Assistance 9703: Capacity Building on Integrity.

25 February 2021 Engaging the youth in anticorruption initiatives

ADB and OECD’s Anti-Corruption Initiative held a seminar on engaging youth in the corruption fight for over 80 Asia-Pacific anticorruption officials on 25 February 2021. The event was held in partnership with the Independent Commission Against Corruption of Hong Kong, China, and is the second of a four-part capacity development series.

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