The crypto industry has exploded in recent years, and authorities in different countries have been reacting in very different ways. Some have banned cryptocurrencies, while others are embracing them to varying degrees. Some are working hard to align their anti-money laundering regulations with FATF standards, while others are turning a blind eye. A few countries have confiscated huge quantities of crypto assets linked to crime and money laundering.

This report from the World Economic Forum focuses on the second phase of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) project to address the needs of the infrastructure and urban development industries.

The report provides a solutions-based framework, a deep-dive at the state level in India and a diagnostic tool that can be replicated and enhanced. In addition, the report includes proposals and policy recommendations on processes and strategies to enhance transparency in the project pilot state of Maharashtra, India.

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The euphoria of India as a regional power has been dented by talk of systemic corruption, poor public services, nagging problems of unemployment, illiteracy and poverty and demographic challenges.

Establishing a strong sense of credibility in government and the development of adequate capacity for enforcement must also be addressed to ensure the success of India’s efforts.

To help foster a high-integrity engineering and construction (E&C) industry across India, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), with the support of the US Department of Commerce and Fluor India, has convened an Engineering and Construction Expert Working Group with representation from a broad range of E&C and related industries, to develop a set of Principles for the Engineering & Construction Sector that promote a fair marketplace through ethical business conduct.

This is the third and final publication of Global Compact Network India's Collective Action Project. In it, UNGC companies and business entities share practical experiences as to how they have been investing in getting their processes and procedures in order, so that businesses could be free of corruption, ensuring transparency in their supply chains and procurement mechanism.

During 2016, ICAR will be providing capacity-building workshops on financial investigation and asset recovery in India, Paraguay and Peru. 

In India, ICAR will assist the country’s anti-money laundering investigating and prosecuting agency, the Ministry of Finance Enforcement Directorate (ED), to increase its capability to investigate financial crime with international links. In partnership with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, ICAR is planning a financial investigation training for 50 ED investigators over a two-week period. 

Experts from ICAR delivered two back-to-back 5-day country specific training programmes in financial investigations and asset recovery in New Delhi, India, from 29 February to 11 March 2016.  These workshops were conducted as part of a technical assistance arrangement between the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in India and the Indian Ministry of Finance Enforcement Directorate (MOF-ED).

Global Compact Network India (GCNI) established the Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) in March 2015, with the overall goal of developing a premier knowledge repository that ‘conducts innovative action research and training, provides a platform for dialogue and communication and facilitates systematic policy initiatives for strengthening transparency and ethics in business.’

CEGET has spearheaded two key initiatives - ‘Governance for Smart Cities’ and ‘Business inputs for Public Procurement Bill 2012.’

In this interview, Richard Bistrong, former international sales executive and current blogger and speaker on FCPA, compliance and anti-bribery issues, speaks with Sherbir Panag of MZM Legal, where they discuss bribery and anti-bribery compliance in India. Mr Panag stresses that despite very real corruption risks in the country, business in India is possible without bribery.

For companies to achieve this, an anti-bribery strategy must focus on knowing the challenge and preparing for it, and avoiding avenues of bribery.