The international cooperation

The international cooperation

Effective implementation of the Strategy "Kazakhstan-2050", the Concept for the entry of Kazakhstan into the 30 most developed countries of the world, the Five Institutional Reforms, the Nation Plan "100 Concrete Steps", the Anti-Corruption Strategy of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2015-2025 and other strategic and program documents requires the study and adaptation of international best practices, continuous interaction with foreign partners. In this context, the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption is actively developing international cooperation in the areas of public service, quality control of public services and anti-corruption. In this context, the Agency  for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption actively develops international cooperation in the areas of public service, quality control of public services and anti-corruption.

 

Information on international cooperation of the Agency for the first 9 months of 2018

In the field of international cooperation, the Agency held 9 bilateral meetings for the first 9 months of 2018, including with the Rector of the International Anti-Corruption Academy Martin Kreutner, during which a memorandum was signed, as well as with the ambassadors of the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Korea, UAE and others. There were held  25 foreign working and training visits of Agency’s staff, including participation in OECD anti-corruption and civil service activities in Paris, trainings at the Singapore College of Public Service , The French National School of Management, and others. In addition, in May of  this year within the framework of the XI Astana Economic Forum “Global Challenges Summit”, the Agency and the Academy of Public Administration held panel sessions on the topics “Practice and challenges of public administration in the digital era” and “Skills and leadership for digital public administration”.

 

International Contractual Base

Currently, Kazakhstan has ratified the fundamental international instruments in the field of anti-corruption - the UN Convention against Corruption and the UN Convention against Transnational Crime. In addition, 25 multilateral and bilateral international treaties in operation  to combat corruption. Also, in the sphere of public service  16 memorandums of understanding with Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Hungary, Finland, China, Armenia, Thailand, France, Great Britain, Afghanistan, Georgia, Estonia, Israel, South Korea, Tajikistan and the International Anti-Corruption Academy are in operation.

 

Cooperation with international and other organizations

The Agency cooperates with such leading international organizations and financial institutions as the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Asian Development Bank and others. The Republic of Kazakhstan, represented by the Agency, is a member of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IACCA, Beijing), the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN OECD), the Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific  region of the Asian Development Bank and OECD (Manila ), The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA,  Laxenburg) and the CIS Intergovernmental Council on Combating Corruption (ICCC, Minsk). Representatives of the Agency actively participate in annual meetings and other events of these organizations. In addition, at present, the Agency is considering the issue of the accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Group of States Against Corruption (GSAC) of the Council of Europe.

Cooperation with the UN

The Agency participates in the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, which is a universal anti-corruption instrument. The convention covers five main areas: prevention measures, criminalization of corruption and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, technical assistance and information sharing. In November 2009, Doha adopted the Terms of Reference for a mechanism to  review  the implementation of the Convention, which provides for the review of the laws of States parties in accordance with  the provisions of the Convention. In accordance with this mechanism, all States Parties are reviewed to fulfill their obligations under the Convention. Based on self-assessment and peer review, the mechanism helps to  identify gaps in national anti-corruption laws and practices. The mechanism applies to all participating States. The review for each state is conducted by two other States parties with the support of the Secretariat of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

In particular, in 2013, Kazakhstan, together with Liechtenstein, conducted a review of Italian legislation, and in 2014, together with Uganda, a review of Indian legislation.

 

Cooperation with IACA

The International Academy of Anti-Corruption (IACA) was established by the Government of Austria in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the European Union's Bureau of Anti-Fraud. The decision on the accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Agreement on the establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Academy as an international organization was made on October 8, 2013 by a Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Academy is a center of advanced knowledge and experience, training, research in the field of combating corruption and has the following main objectives: professionalism in the fight against corruption, improving the efficiency of work organization in preventing, identifying and investigating corruption crimes, and developing standards and effective mechanisms to combat corruption. In May of this year,  a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Agency and IACA. As part of this memorandum, on November 26-27 of this year, the Agency is planning to hold a seminar on anti-corruption issues for the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan.

 

Cooperation with the UN Development Program

Currently, together with the UNDP in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Agency is implementing the project “Improving mechanisms for the professionalization of the state apparatus, ensuring the quality of public services and preventing corruption”. The goal of the project is to ensure efficient, transparent and accountable work of state bodies by promoting the development of a professional state apparatus, providing quality services, increasing anti-corruption culture and creating a “zero tolerance” to corruption in society.

In addition, the Agency actively cooperates with the Astana hub in the field of public service. Within the framework of the joint plan, various activities are organized, including conferences, seminars, trainings and studies.

 

Cooperation with the OECD

The Agency cooperates with the OECD in a number of areas, including within the framework of the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan. In general, three rounds of Kazakhstan’s monitoring of the Istanbul Plan took place. The latest interim report of the Istanbul Plan shows a positive trend in the implementation by Kazakhstan of the OECD recommendations in the area of ​​combating corruption. In addition, the Republic of Kazakhstan is a member of the OECD Anti-Corruption Network since 2004 and actively participates in its activities. The OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia was established in 1998 as a regional forum to promote anti-corruption reforms, exchange information, development of  best practices in the fight against corruption, and coordination of work of  donor organizations. In 2015, the OECD experts started research work on integrity systems in Kazakhstan - Integrity Scan. Integrity Scan is an OECD initiative that involves reviewing the country in terms of the many OECD standards for good governance and the fight against corruption, as well as some standards set by other organizations. Responsible government agencies for conducting this study are the Ministry of National Economy and the Agency.

 

Cooperation with the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IACCA)

The International Association was established in 2006 in order to promote the effectiveness of the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption and to assist anti-corruption bodies in ensuring mutual consultations, making recommendations and proposals in the field of combating corruption. The Agency is  a full-fledged member of the Association since December 2006.

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