The Integrity Week – For an even closer cooperation in the Latin American Region

16.06.2017

Santiago de Chile, Chile

The Alliance for Integrity organised an Integrity Week from 13 June till 16 June in Santiago de Chile, Chile. During these four days, different events to tackle important issues in the fight against corruption took place which connected important stakeholders from the region.

The Integrity Week started on Tuesday with the event “Prevention of corruption in the Private Sector” organised by the GIZ Chile, SOFOFA and the Alliance for Integrity. The event focused on the prevention of corruption in the private sector. The experts of the forum discussed and answered questions, e.g. how compliance can be a tool for competitiveness or how an organisation can reach the value chain with compliance measures. The panellists represented different regions of the Latin American continent and shared their experiences.

On Wednesday 14 June, the Alliance for Integrity together with the General Comptroller Office of the Republic of Chile organised an international anti-corruption conference on “Public-Private Partnership in the Fight Against Corruption”. The aim of the conference was to discuss and identify national and international best practice to fight corruption. Amongst others, the following topics were tackled at the event: Transparency and anti-corruption, the risks and challenges in Latin America, and tools for corruption prevention. The General Comptroller of the Republic of Chile, Jorge Bermudez Soto, and the Director of the Alliance for Integrity, Noor Naqschbandi welcomed the attendants at the event. Both of them focused on the importance of private-public dialogue as a way to counter corruption in the region in their opening statements.

The launch of the first regional Working Group for Latin America was held on 15 June. The event had an innovative character because it was the first time that partners and stakeholders from the whole Latin American continent came together to foster compliance efforts on a regional level. The event focused on structural questions and possible cooperation between the different countries the Alliance for Integrity operates in in the region. Claudia Lorek, the Alliance for Integrity’s Regional Manager Latin America & Asia welcomed the participants.

At the end of the Integrity Week, the Alliance for Integrity invited to the third meeting of regional DEPE trainers on the eve of Thursday. The event had the aim to support cooperation between the countries where DEPE trainings are implemented and improve the training methods with DEPE trainers from region. In cooperation with the implementation partner CAMCHAL a DEPE training session for SMEs was realised on Friday and brought the first Integrity Week in Chile to a successful end.