The concluding G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting was held in Paris
On October 10-11, 2013 the third G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting was held in Paris. The meeting was primarily focused on the outcomes of the Russian G20 Presidency, as well as key directions of the ACWG work in 2014.
A number of important issues related to the currently implemented G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan for 2013-2014 were also considered. The ACWG discussed an Outline of potential issues to be addressed to reach an agreement within the Denial of Entry Network contact list on developing an information sharing process. It was agreed that this document would be used as the basis for the future work on denial of entry. To further contribute to fulfilling the G20 commitments on asset recovery, the ACWG decided to have the G20 National Guidelines on Asset Recovery ready for consideration at the first ACWG meeting in 2014. By the same date, the Asset Disclosure country summaries are to be finalized and a draft paper on good practices on asset disclosure is to be prepared. The ACWG also agreed on specific next steps for such work strands, as transparency and beneficial ownership of legal entities, mapping corruption vulnerable sectors, etc.
Much attention was also paid to the initiatives that had been put forward this year by the Russian G20 Presidency. The ACWG agreed to launch reviewing of best practices in combatting corruption in sports at national level, as well as in providing anti-corruption education for public officials in G20 countries. It was also decided to develop a draft paper on mitigating corruption risks in selling state-owned assets.
The ACWG continued its outreach dialogue with Business 20 and Civil 20. The representatives of the B20 Taskforce on Improving Transparency and Anticorruption, and C20 Working Group on Anticorruption reported to the ACWG on the main outcomes of their work in 2013, and shared their views on possible ways of future cooperation with the ACWG.
Along with the Business 20 and Civil 20 experts, the representatives of educational and academic institutions were also invited to participate in the ACWG meeting. In particular, the representatives of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption (SCSC) had a chance to make interventions.
The ACWG meeting was followed on October 12 by the Joint Meeting of anti-corruption experts of the G20, FATF, OECD and other international organizations. In particular, draft Best Practices Paper on the Use of the Recommendations to Combat Corruption prepared by FATF was discussed at the meeting. It was the first time that the ACWG members had an opportunity to provide comments on a specific document to be further adopted by the FATF Plenary.
At the end of the meeting the Australian delegation shared with the Group its forthcoming G20 Presidency's anti-corruption agenda. In particular, it was proposed to organize the next ACWG meeting in February 2014 in Sydney, and to hold a conference to discuss possible approaches to developing the G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan for 2015-2016 on the sidelines of the official event.