2013 Current Activities
The 17th ACTWG Meeting was held on 25 June 2013 in Medan, Indonesia.
- Members reviewed the intersessionally-adopted ACTWG Strategic Plan submitted to the SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation.
- Members of twelve economies (Korea, Russia, Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea, China, Canada, Chinese Taipei, the United States, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia) shared their reports on developments and progress on implementing the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and other domestic initiatives and legal advances related to anti-corruption and transparency.
- China briefed on expected ACT deliverables for 2014 such as two workshops related to anti-corruption, training and education (TBA). Members welcomed the upcoming China Chairmanship of ACTWG for 2014.
- Members received reports on on-going and proposed projects for 2013 and 2014 and related synergies with other relevant international fora and on the implementation of the ACT 2013 work plan, including two workshops led by Indonesia on (1) Strengthening Anti-Corruption Authorities in APEC Member Economies held in SOM1 in Jakarta and on (2) Strengthening Integrity through Public-Private Partnership: Preventing Facilitation Payment and Managing Gratuities held in Medan on 24 June. The United States gave an update on the 4th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery “Operational Support for Asset Recovery” held on 3-5 July 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Representatives from Transparency International (Indonesia), OECD and International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) shared their reports on recent activities related to transparency and anticorruption and opportunities to collaborate with ACTWG.
- Next ACTWG meeting will be held at SOM1 2014 in China (TBA)
ACTWG workshops and events
- APEC-funded project ‘APEC Guide to Mutual Legal Assistance’ led by Australia.
- United States self-funded project APEC Pathfinder on Combating Corruption and Illicit Trade to be held in 23-25 September 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
- APEC-funded multi-year project "Capacity-Building Workshops on Designing Best Models on Prosecuting Corruption and Money Laundering Cases Using Financial Flow Tracking Techniques and Investigative Intelligence for Effective Conviction and Asset Recovery to Promote Regional Economic Growth" held on 11-13 June 2013 in Santiago, Chile. The second of the two workshops will be held in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2013.
- ACTWG and Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) Law Enforcement Cooperation Workshop, a self-funded project led by the U.S to be held in China in the margins of a SOM meeting in 2014 (TBA).
Other projects and initiatives
- Indonesia presented its initiative to hold the ACT-NET pre-meeting (18-19 September in Bali) in preparation of the ACT-Network Annual Meeting to be held in 2014 (TBA).
Joint Meeting of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group (ACTWG) and Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT) was held on 26 June 2013 in Medan, Indonesia
The ACTWG-EGILAT joint meeting addressed two topics:
1. General Discussion of Potential Areas for ACTWG-EGILAT cooperation and collaboration
Members discussed potential areas and explored a number of activities that could clearly help enhance mutual cooperation such as information sharing between ACTWG and EGILAT on best practices in combating corruption in the forest sector and law enforcement in forestry.
Acknowledging that most ACTWG and EGILAT members come from two different governmental bodies that will require internal coordination, members agreed to build up a solid partnership to address common issues, avoid duplication of efforts, and work towards mutual collaboration in the future against illegal trade, particularly through workshops, seminars and training.
2. Discussion of Proposal for a Joint ACTWG-EGILAT Law Enforcement Cooperation Workshop
During the second section, the US presented its proposal to hold the self-funded APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group and Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade Joint Law Enforcement Cooperation Workshop. The workshop is proposed to be held in China in the margins of SOM meetings in 2014.
The 16th ACTWG Meeting was held on 26-27 January 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, under the new Chairmanship of Mr Bambang Widjojanto.
- Endorsement of the proposed 2013 ACT Work Program focused on continuing to promote and strengthen the implementation of existing APEC commitments, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and other related international standards and commitments. The “APEC ACT Santiago Commitment to Fight Corruption and Ensure Transparency” and the “APEC Course of Action on Fighting Corruption and Ensuring Transparency” will be the guidelines for the work of the ACT this year. Furthermore, ACT will commit to implement the “Vladivostok Declaration on Fighting Corruption” adopted by APEC Leaders in 2012 in Russia.
- Members reported on progress and development on implementing the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and other initiatives related to Anti-corruption and Transparency undertaken by their economies.
- ACT members welcomed new member economy activities programmed for 2013, on-going and proposed projects and ACT initiatives and related synergies with other relevant international fora. Members welcomed the intervention of representatives of Transparency International and the World Bank.
- Members agreed to respond on recommendations of the 2012 ACT Independent Assessment.
- Members agreed to start drafting the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Expert’s Working Group (ACTWG) Strategic Plan.
On 28 January 2013, ACT members attended the Workshop on "Challenge and Strategy of Strengthening Anti-Corruption Authorities in Combating Corruption in a Modern World" organized by the host economy in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In 2007, the ACT developed a Code of Conduct for Business; Conduct Principles for Public Officials; and Complementary Anti-Corruption Principles for the Public and Private Sectors. APEC Leaders endorsed these codes, as well as the 2007 Statement on Actions for Fighting Corruption through Improved International Legal Cooperation. These codes are being implemented through the provision of capacity building seminars to government and law enforcement officials, civil society representatives, chambers of commerce and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
In 2009, the ACT focused on governance and anti-corruption. ACT members agreed on the following two documents, which were endorsed by APEC Ministers in November 2009:
- Singapore Declaration on Combating Corruption, Strengthening Governance and Enhancing Institutional Integrity; and
- APEC Guidelines on Enhancing Governance and Anti-Corruption.
The Singapore Declaration reaffirms the commitment of APEC economies towards creating a framework of transparency and accountability to strengthen governance and institutional integrity.
The APEC Guidelines makes recommendations on the following areas broadly:
- Establishing legal, enforcement and regulatory frameworks;
- Cultivating a culture of governance and anti-corruption across all sectors;
- Implementing measures, processes and standards that promote transparency and accountability;
- Enhancing public-private sector cooperation and dialogue.
In November 2010, APEC Leaders met in Yokohama, Japan and adopted “The Yokohama Vision – Bogor and Beyond,” which provides a roadmap for member economies to realize the collective vision of an economically-integrated, robust and secure APEC community in the 21st Century. In the Declaration, APEC Leaders recommitted to continue efforts to fight corruption and promote transparency, including leveraging collective action to combat illicit trade and dismantle transnational illicit networks across the Asia-Pacific region. APEC Leaders also called for improved and regular reporting by APEC on its efforts to meet our commitments in this area to build a secure community in the region.
Xiangren KONG (Mr)
Foreign Affairs Office
Ministry of Supervision
Sergio NAREA (Mr)