WASHINGTON, February 10, 2015—The World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency and the Brazilian Attorney General's Office announced today continued cooperation in preventing and investigating fraud and corruption that violates national legislations and/or World Bank policies and guidelines.
At a signing ceremony held at the World Bank headquarters, Rodrigo Janot Monteiro de Barros, the Brazilian Attorney General, stated that: "we have to highlight the importance that through this Memorandum, our institutions can provide one another with relevant information to detect, substantiate and prevent fraud and corruption in connection with conduct which may constitute a serious crime under national legislation or an offense subject to sanction under World Bank rules and policies."
The MoU builds on the ongoing cooperation between the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency and Ministério Público Federal and promises several opportunities to engage in joint activities and information exchange to prevent, detect and substantiate misconduct impacting development resources and crime.
“Brazil has made significant progress in advancing its fight against corruption,” said Leonard Frank McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice President. “With this MoU, we look forward to Brazil’s contribution to the World Bank’s integrity mission and the global momentum created by the World Bank International Corruption Hunters Alliance.”
Brazil is one of the members of the World Bank International Corruption Hunters Alliance (ICHA) and has actively shared its experience at the Third Biennial meeting of the Alliance that was held at the World Bank headquarters in December 2014. Capacity building in support of the fight against corruption and money laundering are among the priorities for all members of ICHA, including Brazil.