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Good governance and anti-corruption reforms were on the agenda
12.05.2010

Good governance and anti-corruption reforms were on the agenda

Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center participated in TI Europe and Central Asia Annual Regional Meeting in Tirana, Albania from May 12 to 15, 2010. An International Conference "Obstacle Corruption: The EU as a Driver for Sustainable Anti-corruption Reforms?" was convened on May 12. EU and international financial support: How to insure transparency?; transparency in political party and local government financing and an independent judiciary ? a guarantee against corruption? were among the issues addressed during the conference.


South Caucasus must face up to anti-corruption challenge
06.05.2010

South Caucasus must face up to anti-corruption challenge

Brussels, 6 May, 2010 --- Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia must adopt stronger anti-corruption legislation and fully implement it in order to ensure progress is made in fighting the problem, according to three new assessment reports released today by Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption organisation. The reports, which were compiled by TI chapters in each country, focus on reforms in the judiciary and in the public sector. They also assess whether each country is complying with international anti-corruption conventions and implementing recommendations made by the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the Council of Europe body that monitors anti-corruption efforts.


New global initiative tests access to information on anti corruption efforts
03.05.2010

New global initiative tests access to information on anti corruption efforts

A new global access to information initiative to mark World Press Freedom Day, will test how easy (or not) it is to obtain information from 30 governments on their anti-corruption efforts. The Tell us what you've done! Initiative, initiated by Access Info Europe and Transparency International (TI) is an attempt to verify whether governments are complying with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and other anti-corruption conventions. Starting immediately, simultaneous information requests will be submitted in 30 countries by TI chapters and members of two coalitions, the Freedom of Information Advocates Network and the UNCAC Coalition.


Civil society coalition calls on G20 to tackle illicit financial flows
20.04.2010

Civil society coalition calls on G20 to tackle illicit financial flows

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, urge the Group of Twenty Countries (G20) to recognize the link between illicit outflows of capital from developing countries, absorption of those resources by tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions, and the adverse impact those flows have on poverty alleviation and economic development; call on the Financial Action Task Force to amend its recommendations 33, 34, and VIII to provide that the beneficial ownership of all companies, trusts, foundations and charities be made a matter of public record.


Statement on how to respond to corruption and organized crime
19.04.2010

Statement on how to respond to corruption and organized crime

Civil society organizations (CSOs) working against corruption, including Transparency International Anti-corruption Center, along with NGOs working against transnational organized crime, released a statement addressing delegates to the Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, hosted by Brazil from April 12-19, 2010. In the statement distributed at the congress, CSOs urged the delegates to support and advance effective monitoring mechanisms for two landmark global treaties in the field: the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). The implementation of these conventions will require effective monitoring, including high standards of transparency and the involvement of stakeholders.


TIAC issued two publications on procurement
01.04.2010

TIAC issued two publications on procurement

Two publications - Procurement Guide for Businesses and Monitoring of Public Procurement System of Armenia in 2008-2009, co-authored by Executive Director Varuzhan Hoktanyan and Procurement Expert Artak Manukyan of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center have been issued within the framework of Monitoring of Yerevan Council Elections and Public Procurement in Armenia project with the assistance of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation.


Challenges for NGOs in Armenia
31.03.2010

Challenges for NGOs in Armenia

Transparency International Anti-corruption Center in cooperation with Transparency International Lithuania convened a workshop to discuss risks and opportunities for NGOs in Armenia. The workshop was held on March 31, 2010 within the framework of Boosting NGO Participatory Capacity in Armenia project with the assistance of The National Endowment for Democracy. The presentations stimulated robust exchange among dozens of NGO representatives participating in the event.


The focus of the Press Club show was conflict of interests
30.03.2010

The focus of the Press Club show was conflict of interests

Khachik Harutyunyan, Legal Expert of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center (TIAC) took part in "Press Club" show, which went on air of "Yerkir Media" television on March 30, 2010. Together with two other members of a delegation who paid a recent visit to Romania, the guests discussed conflict of interest, shared Romanian experience and answered the questions of the host, the President of Yerevan Press Club Boris Navasardyan. Other guests to the program were Tigran Yeranosyan, Main Specialist of Legal Department of the Armenian President's Administration and Investigative Journalist Grisha Balasanyan of "Hetq" weekly newspaper.


Facing pressing global issues
26.03.2010

Facing pressing global issues

From March 26 to 28, 2010, Amalia Kostanyan, Chairwoman of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center attended the 5th Brussels Forum, an annual high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic. The event helps shape a new transatlantic agenda that can adapt to changing global realities and new threats.


Private sector in fighting corruption
24.03.2010

Private sector in fighting corruption

Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-corruption Center made a presentation on "Evaluation of the Internal Governance System of the Armenian Private Sector Using NIS Methodology" during an anti-corruption forum, held on March 24, 2010. "Towards Stronger Corporate Integrity" forum was organized by the USAID Mobilizing Action Against Corruption (MAAC) Activity, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy of Armenia, the USAID Competitive Armenian Private Sector Project, Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen of Armenia, and Union of Information Technology Enterprises.