Join us for the 2nd Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summit 2018Date:
02 Aug 2018
A message from the CEO
After the great success of last year’s inaugural Anti-Bribery Summit held in Karachi, Pakistan, I am excited to announce the second CRI Group’s Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summit 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The agenda was developed to provide you with invaluable information and foresight into the forces that guide and dictate our everyday work life: the ongoing quest for solutions, balance, and insight into the oftentimes chaotic world of anti-bribery and corporate corruption compliance. Leading anti-bribery professionals will gather for this one-day event for sharing best practices for fighting bribery and corruption. The focus will include due diligence, internal controls, compliance issues, and the latest resources and tools to help investigators.
“Our goal at ABAC 2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is to provide an impactful program that enables you to gain invaluable training in the distinct areas of due diligence, internal controls and compliance issues, and learn about the latest resources and solutions to detect and combat bribery and corruption within the organization.”
The ABAC Summit couldn’t come at a more critical time for world markets and economies. The international nature of business today dictates an increasing demand for proactive measures designed to reduce the exposure of organizations to economic crime and civil wrongs, particularly in the financial, government and multi-national business sectors. The latest Corruption Perceptions Index shows that “most countries around the world are making little or no progress in ending corruption” (Transparency international, titled “Corruption perception index 2017”, 2018).
The Asia Pacific region exemplifies that reality, unfortunately. The majority of countries in the region are in the lower half of this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index. This has been attributed to unaccountable governments, instability and insecurity, and a persistent lack of oversight. Bribery is still a key problem and is viewed in many countries and regions as just a cost of doing business, a perception that can only be changed with more training, internal controls, investigation and enforcement.
There is hope. Countries like Malaysia, the location of this year’s ABAC Summit, have made strides in the fight against bribery and corruption. According to the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission, 879 offenders were arrested last year, from top management to support staff in both the public and private sectors. Such efforts should be supported by all of us to help build a zero-tolerance culture when it comes to corruption.
That’s why the ABAC 2018 includes a focus on laws, regulations and compliance, presented by the foremost experts in the field. Engaging Q&As and sessions will help make this an invaluable event for anyone tasked with detecting and decreasing the threat of bribery and corruption at their organisation.
I encourage you to make your plans today to attend the Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Summit 2018, and I look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur.
Zafar I. ANJUM, MSc, CFE, CIS, MICA,
Int. Dip. (Fin. Crime), CII, MIPI, MABI
Group Chief Executive Officer, CRI Group