Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group

APEC Leaders committed to implementing general and area-specific APEC Transparency Standards in Los Cabos in 2002 and in Bangkok in 2003. In Chile in 2004, APEC Economic Leaders acknowledged that corruption is a serious threat to sustainable economic growth, good governance, market integrity, and enhanced trade and investment. Senior officials approved a recommendation by APEC Anti-Corruption Experts to establish the Anti-Corruption Experts’ Task Force.

ACT was upgraded to a working group status in March 2011 following the task force’s recommendation in 2010 to institutionalize it work, with the purpose of coordinating the implementation of the Santiago Commitment to Fight Corruption and Ensure Transparency, the APEC Course of Action and the APEC Transparency Standards. It also promotes cooperation in areas of extradition, legal assistance and judicial/law enforcement (especially asset forfeiture and recovery).In 2014 the ACT Working Group adopted the Beijing Declaration on Fighting Corruption. The ACT is open to anti-corruption experts and law enforcement officials from all interested APEC member economies, APEC Observers (namely ASEAN, the Pacific Islands Forum, and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council), and representatives from the APEC Secretariat and the APEC Business Advisory Council.

For more information on APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts' Working Group Terms of Reference, see Downloads.

Last page update: August 2017

Current Activities

 The 24th ACTWG meeting was held on 19-20 February 2017, in Nha Trang, Viet Nam.

Key Deliverables

3rd Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies (ACT-NET)

The Third ACT-NET meeting was held in 16 August 2016 in Lima, Peru. Members supported the goal of the ACT-NET on establishing and developing an inter-economy network that connects anti-corruption and law enforcement officers. This serves to enhance informal cross-border cooperation between agencies responsible for investigations and prosecutions of corruption, bribery, money laundering, and illicit trade and the identification and return of the proceeds of those crimes. Focal points met for the third time and had the opportunity to continue their joint efforts by discussing fugitive repatriation and informal international cooperation, including multilateral task forces, combating international corruption cases and cross-border law enforcement operations. Building regional capacity for asset recovery and anti-money laundering was an additional focus, detailing cases and special operations, as well as information seeking and step-by-step guides on cross-border cooperation in bribery and ongoing prosecution cases.

The 4th ACT-NET Meeting will take place on 19 August 2017 in Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam.

Implementing the UN Convention against Corruption

In the APEC Economic Leaders Declaration, Vladivostok, Russia 2012, Leaders encouraged members to fully implement the UN Convention against Corruption.  Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam shared their reports on developments and progress in implementing the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and other domestic initiatives and legal advances related to anti-corruption and transparency. 

Collaboration with Other Multilateral Organizations

Representatives from Transparency International, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCDE), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the INTERPOL, and the American Bar Association (ABA) shared their reports on recent activities related to transparency and anticorruption and possible opportunities for collaboration with ACTWG.

The APEC ACT Meeting with International Organizations will be held on 21 August 2017, in in Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam.

Handbook on Prosecuting Corruption and Money Laundering Cases

Chile and Thailand presented the Handbook "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 Integration.” This handbook highlights the best tools to deal with investigation and prosecution of complex criminal cases of corruption and money laundering.  

Workshops and Projects in 2016

workshop on “Facing Foreign Bribery”, where economies shared experiences on their domestic initiatives, was held on 22 February in Lima, Peru, and organized by the High-Level Commission on Anti-Corruption of Peru. The activity addressed two main topics: the legal framework for foreign bribery, and the liability of legal persons for bribery.

A workshop on “Anti-bribery Compliance Programs and Incentives”, co-chaired by Peru and the United States took place on 15 August in Lima, Peru.  

Upcoming Workshops and Events in 2017 

The APEC Pathfinder Dialogue IV ‘Partnerships for Sustainable Security Strengthening the Fight Against Corruption and Illicit Trade:’ (19 - 20 August 2017 in Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam. 

The ACT-NET Workshop on ‘Enhancing Cooperation among Law Enforcement Authorities for Asset Recovery’ (August 2017 in Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam).

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H.E. Mr. NGUYEN Van Khanh

Deputy Inspector General
ACTWG Chair 2017
thanhnv@thanhtra.gov.vn; hoatn@thanhtra.gov.vn

Ms TRINH Nhu Hoa

Deputy Director General
Department for International Cooperation
Government Inspectorate
Chair’s Assistant
trinhoa78@gmail.com

Mr Diego GARCIA GONZALEZ

Program Director
dgg14@apec.org