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The international cooperation

The international cooperation

         Effective implementation of the Kazakhstan-2050 Strategy, the Concept on Kazakhstan's entry into the list of the 30 most developed countries of the world, the Five Institutional Reforms, the National Plan "100 concrete steps", the Anti-Corruption Strategy of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2015-2017 and other strategic and policy documents requires studying and adapting international best practices, constant interaction with foreign partners.

              In this context, the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption actively develops international cooperation in the areas of Civil Service, monitoring the quality of Civil Services and countering corruption.

International treaties basis

          At present, Kazakhstan has ratified the basic international instruments in the field of combating corruption - the UN Convention against Corruption and the UN Convention against Transnational Crime. In addition, 25 multilateral and bilateral international treaties are in place to counteract corruption. There are also 13 memorandums of understanding with Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, South Korea, Hungary, Finland, China, Armenia, Thailand, France, the United States, Great Britain, Georgia and Estonia.

Cooperation with international and other organizations

The Agency cooperates with such leading international organizations and financial institutions as the United Nations, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Asian Development Bank and others. The Republic of Kazakhstan represented by the Agency is a member of the International Association of Counter-Corruption Agencies (IACCA, Beijing), the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (OECD), the Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asian and Pacific Regions within the Asian Development Bank and OECD (Manila ), The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA, Laxenburg) and the CIS Interstate Council on Combating Corruption (CICCC, Minsk). Representatives of the Agency actively participate in the annual meetings and other events of these organizations. In addition, at the present time, the Agency is considering the issue of accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Group of States against Corruption (GSCCE) of the Council of Europe.

Cooperation with the UN

The Agency participates in activities to implement the UN Convention against Corruption, which is a universal document on combating corruption.

The Convention covers five main areas: preventive measures, criminalization of corruption and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, technical assistance and exchange of information.

In November 2009, the Doha Mechanism of the Terms of Reference for Reviewing the Implementation of the Convention was adopted, which provides for reviews of the laws of the participating States for compliance with the provisions of the Convention.

In accordance with this mechanism, all States Parties are reviewed for compliance with their obligations under the Convention. On the basis of self-assessment and peer review, the mechanism helps to identify gaps in national anti-corruption laws and practices. The mechanism is applied to all participating States. The review for each state is carried out by two other participating States with the support of the Secretariat of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

In particular, in 2013 Kazakhstan, together with Liechtenstein, reviewed the legislation of Italy, and in 2014 together with Uganda - an overview of the laws of India.

The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) was established by the Austrian Government in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the European Union Fraud Office.

Decision on the accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Agreement on the establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Academy as an international organization was adopted on October 8, 2013 by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Academy is a center of advanced knowledge and experience, training, research in the field of fighting corruption and has the following main objectives: professionalism in fighting corruption, improving the organization of work in preventing, identifying and investigating corruption crimes, and developing standards and effective mechanisms for combating corruption.

Cooperation with the United Nations Development Program

Currently, the Agency is implementing a joint project with UNDP in the Republic of Kazakhstan "Supporting the reform of the civil service in the field of service ethics, protection of meritocracy and prevention of corruption."

The aim of the project is to promote civil service reforms through a series of activities, including the study of best international practices in matters of professional ethics, career development based on professional achievements, and prevention of corruption.

In addition, the Agency actively cooperates with the Regional Hub in the Civil Service in Astana. Within the framework of the joint plan, various events are held, including conferences, seminars, trainings and studies.

Cooperation with OECD

The Agency cooperates with OECD in a number of areas, including those within the framework of the Istanbul Action Plan to Combat Corruption.

In general, there were three rounds of monitoring of Kazakhstan on the Istanbul plan.

The latest interim report of the Istanbul plan noted a positive dynamics in Kazakhstan's implementation of OECD recommendations in the field of countering corruption.

In addition, the Republic of Kazakhstan has been a member of the OECD Anti-Corruption Network since 2004 and actively participates in its activities.

The OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia was established in 1998 as a regional forum to promote anti-corruption reforms, exchange of information, develop best practices to combat corruption and coordinate the work of donor organizations.

In 2015, work began on the OECD experts' study of integrity systems in Kazakhstan - Integrity Scan.

Integrity Scan is a new initiative of the OECD, which involves reviewing the country in terms of numerous OECD standards for good governance and anti-corruption, as well as some standards set by other organizations.

Responsible government agencies for conducting this study are the Ministry of National Economy and the Agency.

Cooperation with the International Association of Counter-Corruption Agencies (IACCA)

The International Association was established in 2006 to promote the effectiveness of the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption and to assist anti-corruption bodies in providing mutual consultations, making recommendations and proposals on combating corruption. The Agency is a full member of the Association since December 2006.

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