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Ministry of Justice (UK) deliver anti-bribery workshop in TCI

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Two MoJ experts instructed the TCI public and private sector on UK approaches to identifying and prosecuting bribery and corruption.

The UK Ministry of Justice’s Roderick Macauley and Peter Monday addressed more than 30 delegates from across the TCI public and private sectors in a two day workshop delivered in Providenciales, the Turks and Caicos Islands, between January 27 and 28.

Local organisations attending include representatives from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Lands Division, the Ministry of Finance, the Financial Services Commission, the Audit Office and accountants KPMG.

The workshop, entirely funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, gave an overview of:

  • International perspectives on bribery;

  • How anti bribery legislation is enforced around the world;

  • Case studies from other UK overseas territories and crown dependencies, including the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man;

  • The UK’s Bribery Act 2010;

  • Corporate liability, including incentives and enforcement;

  • Proposals for the reform existing legislation;

  • How the legislation can be best successfully enforced in the TCI.

TCI Governor, Peter Beckingham, gave the welcoming address at the event, and the Deputy Director of the Integrity Commission, Mr Richie Been, chaired round-table discussions on the difficulties of identifying and eradicating bribery.

“Good governance and transparency across the public and private sectors are key to the success of any nation,” commented the Governor, speaking at the event. “I thank the Ministry of Justice for sharing their expertise in anti-bribery best practice, and am encouraged at the large and expert group of attendees.”

The workshop is the second to be held in a Caribbean UK Overseas Territory, with the first delivered last week in Bermuda.

Information on Ministry of Justice speakers: Roderick Macauley is a barrister with extensive practitioner experience in the criminal law coupled with domestic and international legislative and jurisdictional expertise. In his current role as a criminal law adviser at the United Kingdom Ministry of Justice Macauley has represented the United Kingdom in various anti-corruption fora, and has acted for the OECD, the Council of Europe and the UN as an anti-corruption compliance evaluator. Macauley led on the reform of the law of bribery in the United Kingdom, which culminated in the Bribery Act 2010, and subsequently developed the United Kingdom’s Government guidance published on 31st March 2011, and managed the implementation of the Act. He has travelled extensively before and since the commencement of the Bribery Act on 1 July 2011 offering advice and guidance to the global business community, anti-corruption practitioners, law firms and civil-society on the scope of the Bribery Act and its relationship with international law, focussing in particular on corporate liability and commercial bribery prevention.

Peter Monday has worked on bribery and corruption issues for seven years. He was a UK delegate to the OECD Working Group on Bribery for six years and a head of delegation for three of them. He has worked for two UK international anti-corruption champions, John Hutton (a business Minister) and Jack Straw (a justice Minister.) Peter is on loan to the UK Ministry of Justice until March 2016.