We are pleased to invite all MACN members and interested observers to MACN's 2017 Fall Meeting, which will be held in London on 11-12 October, 2017.
MACN took part in the EU-OECD workshop “Supporting the Development of the Suez Canal Economic Zone, and Creating a Business-Friendly Regulatory Environment”, in Cairo on May 22. MACN’s presentation was well received by the authorities. The OECD and EU will be working with the Suez Canal to implement a number of integrity measures, including integrity training and accountability mechanisms. MACN will review and provide input to the recommendations that the OECD is developing for the Economic Zone Authorities.
MACN is engaging with the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) to explore a partnership to implement phase 3 of the collective action in Indonesia.
MACN’s local training partner, Soji Apampa (co-founder of the Convention on Business Integrity) has now fully implemented the “train the trainer” concept in in Port Harcourt, Onne, and Calabar. Over 100 private sector and public sector representatives have now been trained. The MACN Secretariat is now assessing how to move forward with end user training, in coordination with the local training partner.
World Customs Organization (WCO) News has published an article by Martin Benderson. The article explains MACN's Collective Action approach and details the benefits of united action to tackle corruption in the maritime industry.
Fundamental to MACN’s collective action approach is that sustainable solutions to tackle corruption must be enabled by, supported by, and beneficial to key stakeholders. Dialogue with stakeholders is, therefore, a critical part of MACN’s collective action projects, securing commitment and buy-in from local stakeholders in specific countries and ports. Customs authorities are a key stakeholder in MACN’s collective action projects, as they play a central role in the clearance of goods through maritime ports worldwide.
MACN was pleased to take part in the EU-OECD workshop “Supporting the Development of the Suez Canal Economic Zone: Creating a Business-Friendly Regulatory Environment” in Cairo on May 22. We used this opportunity to inform local stakeholders of the zero tolerance campaign and to seek to build a stronger relationship with local government stakeholders.
The container tracking system used by the Jakarta International Container Terminal has been upgraded by the local authorities. MACN has been pushing for this upgrade since 2016, and we are happy to finally see this action being implemented. With the new upgraded systems, cargo owners can retrieve live data on the percentage capacity utilization of each of the four areas in the terminal (Dry, Reefer, OOG, and DG).
Additional integrity training of government officials is taking place at the end of May in Port Harcourt, Onne, and Calabar. The training will be executed by MACN's local training partner, with support from the relevant government authorities and MACN’s partner TUGAR. This training will also include the “train the trainer” concept to ensure that the training continues at a local level.