Strong Interest in New Free Anti-Corruption Training
Transparency International New Zealand's formal launch of its new Anti-Corruption Training Tool generated excellent interest and engagement during June events held at Deloitte's offices in Auckland and Wellington.
In Auckland, Minister of Police Anne Tolley recommended the training as a way for organisations engaged in overseas trade to reduce business risks. The Minister of Commerce Craig Foss joined the Wellington launch and commended Transparency International New Zealand’s work to develop the one and a half hour training. Other speakers welcoming the initiative included the heads of the Serious Fraud Office, Export New Zealand and Business New Zealand and representatives from Chapman Tripp and Deloitte.
Minister Anne Tolley Auckland 11 June
Minister Craig Foss Presenting Anti Corruption Training Launch Wellington 19 June
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) Directors Ian Tuke and Fiona Tregonning, who worked to source and develop the content for a New Zealand context with the support of BusinessNZ and The Serious Fraud Office provided a taste of the free online materials and their value to the 100+ private and public sector guests attending each event.
Speaking in Wellington, Fiona said “New Zealand’s major export destinations have changed… the number of the regions we are increasingly exporting to and operating in, including Asia, the Middle East and to a lesser extent Africa, have much higher corruption risks than our traditional export markets.”
“Transparency International New Zealand believes that NZ’s reputation as a non-corrupt country with ethical business practices can help New Zealand businesses and contribute to economic prosperity.”
Business New Zealand CE Phil O’Reilly agreed, reiterating the value of a NZ Inc approach to anti corruption for businesses large and small. He said New Zealand’s reputation as a country of high integrity provides significant competitive advantage and opportunities for increased productivity and economic benefit for New Zealand business.
The free training provides clear and practical advice from ethical business practice experts designed to “support staff to manage business risks of corruption in countries that operate differently to New Zealand, said Ian.
“While New Zealand rates pretty well as a trusted business environment, we can be perceived to be a bit naive when it comes to how others do business”.
“These training materials help to fill a substantial knowledge gap. They offer comprehensive learning on a subject rapidly moving up the business priority list for exporters. This is not a tick the box exercise. It is a learning exercise and an important part of good risk management”, he said.
In addition to BusinessNZ the SFO and TINZ; ExportNZ, Deloitte, Chapman Tripp, The Institute of Directors, and NZICA will be promoting bribery prevention and this training throughout the country.
People who want to supplement the free online training, will be able to attend face to face workshops around NZ later in the year, which have been developed and hosted by Business NZ, Deloitte, and Chapman Tripp.
Catherine Beard Business NZ, Daniel Kalderimis Chapman Tripp, Lorinda Kelly Deloitte, Suzanne Snively TINZ, Julie Read SFO, Hon Anne Tolley, Ian Tuke Deloitte, Nick Paterson SF0
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Lessons from the OGP Asia Pacific Summit
Michael is Deputy Director of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) and is Associate Professor in Public Management at the School of Government at Victoria University
Around 50 people gathered at Victoria University on 28 May to hear Dr Michael Macaulay share important learnings from his attendance at the first Open Government Partnership (OGP) Asia Pacific Summit held in Bali in early May. His attendance at the Summit was supported by Transparency International New Zealand.
The Summit was designed as a platform to share and learn from countries and communities that have committed to Open Government Partnership (OGP) and open and good governance practices. Dr Macaulay, Deputy Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University also presented at the Summit.
Underpinning the OGP’s programme are five grand challenges:
- improve public services
- improve public integrity
- more effectively manage public resources
- create safer communities, and
- increase corporate accountability
Dr Macaulay discussed three key lessons he gleaned from OGP attendees. In providing context for his remarks he said that NZ’s reputation of low corruption does not necessarily mean the country does not face integrity issues. He cited the comprehensive work undertaken by TINZ to create the National Integrity Survey in 2013 as providing an important foundation for the work required to develop the New Zealand’s Action Plan.
New Zealand’s reputation was well regarded and OGP participants had an expectation that New Zealand would show leadership in this area. Dr Macaulay said the OGP is an ideal platform in which NZ can take the lead should it wish to harness such an opportunity.
Technology and innovation advances are proving extremely viable for real and beneficial consultation. There is a clear shift already from e-govt to m-govt, an example is the use of apps and crowd sourcing consultation methods. New Zealand needs to beware that its methods and motivations may appear old fashioned before too long.
Collaboration is king. There were numerous examples of consultation and meaningful participation. Deep consultation with civil society organisations and the public lay at the heart of the majority of the cases presented. There is a growing focus that governments are listening organisation. Engagement needs to be early and as direct as possible.
New Zealand is currently writing the OGP Action Plan to meet a due date of publication 31 July 2014. This process is being led by the State Services Commission. Representatives from the Commission attending this presentation acknowledged they were working to an early first deadline and very much more interaction and consultation with civil society over the coming months around the implementation of the plan can be expected. The Action Plan will be tabled with the OGP on 31 July 2014.
Read the Minister of Internal Affairs Hon Peter Dunne’s address to the Summit about New Zealand’s approach to the Open Government Partnership here.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global initiative that has seen 64 nations create policies to increase transparency, accountability and integrity. In all of the countries involved, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms. New Zealand committed to join in December 2013.
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