CTP was proud to oversee the first West African Anti-Corruption course at our new Regional Training Center in Accra, Ghana, welcoming delegates Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Tanzania. The goal was to discuss the impact of local and international anti-corruption and bribery legislation and its enforcement in West Africa.
The March 11th event was opened by Patricia Alsup, Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States (US) Embassy, who cited an African Union statistic that more than $148 billion dollars annually is lost to corruption in Africa. Mrs. Alsup added that a World Bank study revealed that corrupt public officials in developing and transition countries receive between 20 and 40 billion dollars in bribes annually, equivalent to 20 to 40% of official development assistance.
The workshop was part of U.S. efforts to assist in building credible institutions in West Africa as part of the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative (WACSI), a new collaborative effort to address the growing threat of transnational organized crime and drug trafficking in West Africa. Agenda topics included financial investigations, prosecuting corruption and bribery, utilizing international networks, and ways of utilizing international standards on corruption to strengthen domestic efforts. For additional details: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=267336
The White House announced changes designed to simplify the export licensing requirements for less sensitive items and simultaneously build more effective protections for the most critical technologies. The measures will simplify and streamline the export authorization process for thousands of parts and components used in aircraft and gas turbine engines, based on a more rational approach to the “specially designed” restriction. Unless blocked by Congress, the new rules will go into effect in 180 days. The changes will undoubtedly help defense companies compete more effectively abroad, thereby creating domestic jobs and boosting local economies. More announcements are expected soon as the reform efforts accelerate, propelled by the White House. See more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/08/us-usa-export-controls-idUSBRE92715720130308?goback=%2Egde_3637060_member_221117836
Assistant Secretary of BIS, Kevin Wolf, addressed the Export Group for Aerospace and Defense (EGAD) on the changes coming to the Export Administration Regulations regarding the 600 series of defense articles transferring from State to Commerce. Mr. Wolf discussed the legal and regulatory basis for the transition and how a new organization within BIS has been stood up to deal with the influx of expected licenses. Tom Fergus, CEO, of CTP asked for a confirmation from Mr. Wolf that the addition of the 600 series was not a “roll back” of previous decontrols to the Commerce Control List (CCL). Mr. Fergus received his confirmation.