WASHINGTON, December 14, 2020 — The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency and the National Administrative Investigations’ Prosecutor (PIA) in Argentina announced today an agreement to strengthen their cooperation in preventing and investigating fraud and corruption that violate national legislation and/or World Bank Group rules and policies.
To mark the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two offices, Sergio Rodríguez, National Administrative Investigation’s Prosecutor stated: “I’m very happy to bolster the cooperation between the World Bank Group and the PIA, two strategic partners. It’s known that corruption has no borders, especially in a globalized world like the present, therefore international cooperation is essential.”
The MoU advances the working relations between the Integrity Vice Presidency and the office of National Administrative Investigations’ Prosecutor. It signals their mutual intention to undertake joint activities when appropriate and exchange information for the detection, substantiation, and prevention of fraud and corruption impacting development resources. The MoU also provides opportunities to establish mechanisms to foster greater collaboration in support of each offices’ respective mandate.
“Strengthening collaboration between the World Bank Group and national investigative offices is vital to our anticorruption mission,” said Mouhamadou Diagne, World Bank Group Integrity Vice President. “We look forward to building on this agreement and working with our Argentine partners to enhance the global fight against fraud and corruption.”
This agreement is part of the growing trend to combat corruption, which has become more complex and interjurisdictional, as a cooperative effort of the international community.