Participants in the Round Table on “20 Years of Anti-Corruption Legislation and the Agency for Civil Service in the Republic of Kazakhstan”
Participants in the Round Table on “20 Years of Anti-Corruption Legislation and the Agency for Civil Service in the Republic of Kazakhstan”
Kazakhstan

On 23 May 2018, the IRZ together with the Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Embassy organised a Round Table in Berlin on “20 Years of Anti-Corruption Legislation and the Agency for Civil Service in the Republic of Kazakhstan”.

The event was opened and moderated by the Ambassador for the Republic of Kazakhstan in Germany, Bolat Nussupov. To begin with, the President of the Agency, Alik Shpekbayev, presented the anti-corruption policy in the Republic of Kazakhstan and explained the key measures in place to fight corruption:

  • anti-corruption monitoring
  • analysis of corruption risks and
  • promotion of an anti-corruption culture.

These measures are also set out in the National Plan “100 steps towards achieving the five reforms”. The new anti-corruption legislation, which came into force in 2016, governs the legal status of the fight against corruption, with the objective of implementing the anti-corruption policy in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Agency for Civil Service and Anti-Corruption plays an important role here. It is responsible for implementing the government policy in the public service sector and for the evaluation and monitoring of the quality of public services and in the fight against corruption. All in all, the development of an anti-corruption culture and the associated measures for fighting corruption play an important social and economic role in Kazakhstan.

German experts also took part in the event and reported on the situation in this field in Germany:

  • Dr. Frank Böhme (German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Department II A 4) gave an overview of the legal framework for the repression of corruption.
  • Dr. Rüdiger Reiff (Senior Public Prosecutor at the Central Unit for Fighting Corruption at the Office of the Public Prosecutor General in Berlin) gave a lecture on criminal investigations and prevention in the area of fighting corruption.
  • Jürgen Maurer (former Vice-President of the German Federal Criminal Office) discussed in his presentation on “The corruption situation, legal framework for fighting corruption and prevention concepts” the guidelines for supervisors and the code of practice against corruption, amongst other things.
  • Prof. Dr. Bijan Nowrousian (Professor of criminal law and the law on administrative offences at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Management of North Rhine-Westphalia) presented details of the main offences in practice, namely the corruption offences of public officials.
  • Miriam Kosmehl (Bertelsmann Foundation, Senior Expert, Future of Europe programme) spoke about “The civil society and the fight against corruption” and shed light on the projects of the Bertelsmann Foundation relating to the fight against corruption. These include the “Bertelsmann Foundation’s Transformation Index (BTI)”, the “Strategies for a peaceful neighbourhood in the EU” and targeted studies such as “Open Government – a new experience of democracy.”

The other speakers at the event were Svetlana Savitskaya, Transparency International coordinator in the CIS states and Central Asia, and Virginie Coulloudon, Managing Director of the NGO “Your Public Value”.

The many different contributions reflected the various aspects of the fight against corruption in Germany and Kazakhstan. To conclude, the Round Table was a successful and profitable event for the German-Kazakh exchange of experiences in the field of the fight against corruption.