WASHINGTON, June 8, 2012 — In conjunction with the 2nd meeting of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance taking place at the World Bank Headquarters this week, the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) signed three agreements to expand cooperation in fighting corruption. These include a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ombudsman of the Philippines, Ms. Conchita Carpio-Morales.
In the same spirit, INT signed a similar MoU with Ms. Frances Johnson-Allison of the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission, another member of its International Corruption Hunters Alliance. These MoUs focus on sharing investigative information, and misconduct which may constitute a serious crime under national legislation or a sanctionable offense under World Bank Group rules and policies.
Earlier this week, INT entered into a cooperation agreement with Ms. Carman Lapointe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (UNOIOS), to promote collective action against corruption among international investigative bodies.
"These MoUs demonstrate the value of cooperation between the World Bank, national and international authorities in the fight against fraud and corruption," said Leonard McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice President. "Such cooperation is critical to accelerate progress and ensure that misconduct impacting development resources does not escape the reach of criminal law."