April 2013 (#166)


In this update:

  • Foreign Bribery Seminar repeated in Sydney due to popular demand – book now!
  • New EU Transparency Rules for Resource Companies
  • Global Financial Transparency – TI letter to G20 leaders
  • UN approves UN Arms Trade Treaty
  • Building anti-corruption into the Millennium Development Goals
  • Other Coming Events

Foreign Bribery Seminar repeated in Sydney due to popular demand – book now!

On Thursday 2 May the free seminar, Foreign Bribery and Corruption, an update on Australian, UK and international legal developments to counter bribery and corruption, will be repeated in Sydney. TI Australia Executive Director, Michael Ahrens, and Director, Jane Ellis will give presentations at this seminar.

New EU Transparency Rules for Resource Companies

The EU extractive sector has agreed on new rules which require oil, gas, mining and logging companies to disclose what they pay to governments around the world. Companies will have to disclose details of tax, bonus and other payments made for every project they operate, over a threshold of €100,000. The rules apply to all listed and large unlisted companies registered in the EU without exemption.

Global Financial Transparency – TI letter to G20 leaders

Transparency International has outlined a number of recommendations to make global financial systems more transparent, accountable and secure, ahead of the meeting of the Ministers of Finance and Governors of Central Banks to be held in Washington D.C. from 18-19 April 2013.

Building anti-corruption into the Millennium Development Goals

A group of eminent people, picked by the UN for their experience and insight, met in late March to discuss what to do to end poverty and inequality around the globe in the coming decades. The message is simple: unless you tackle corruption, it will be impossible.

 

Other Coming Events

Anti-Corruption Conference: Corruption in Indonesia – Challenges and Solutions – 24-25 April 2013: TIA Chair, Roger Gyles, and Director, Jane Ellis, will be speaking at this conference which focuses on government, political and legal initiatives to promote anti-corruption initiatives in Indonesia and the impact of foreign bribery on national and international investment in the largest Asian nation outside China.

 Implications of the UK Anti-Bribery Act – free seminar in Melbourne (30 April 2013): TI Australia Executive Director, Michael Ahrens, and Director, Jane Ellis will give presentations at this seminar. Note: registrations are no longer available for the 1 May 2013 Sydney seminar.

 International Mining for Development Conference – 20-21 May 2013‘Maximising Benefits’, Sydney: an opportunity for developing countries, civil society, the private sector and the international donor community to discuss the challenges and opportunities that developing countries face as they commercialise their resources sectors.

 EITI Global Conference – 22-23 May 2013 – ‘Beyond Transparency’, Sydney: stakeholders from across the globe will meet to share how EITI is leading to change in their countries and agree how the EITI Standard should evolve to further improve transparency and accountability of revenues from natural resources.

TI Australia Queensland Regional Committee Launch and Seminar – 21 June 2013: 4-6pm, Norton Rose, Solicitors, Level 21, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane. Speakers at the seminar to follow: Dr David Solomon, Prof. Saleem H. Ali and Michael Roche.