The Ordre des Ingénieurs Tunisiens served as host of the Committee on Anti-Corruption (CAC), for a four-year term from November 2007 to September 2011. In March 2011, the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe (ECZ) informed the World Federation of Engineering Organizations of its willingness to host this committee from September 2011 to the WFEO General Assembly in December 2015. It however, requested that the founding Chair, Kamel Ayadi remain for an additional two years while Zimbabwe will advise of its new chair at the expiry of that period. During the Singapore General Assembly in September 2013, the ECZ proposed Martin Manuhwa to be the Chairman of the Committee. Martin will officially take over from Kamel in April 2014. Martin has been an active member of this Committee ever since its inception.
The Chair and Secretariat from Engineering Council of Zimbabwe have prepared this strategic plan, which will be formally approved by CAC members in due course. The Strategic plan is a living document that will evolve as the work evolves. From time to time the plan may be amended as the work of the various themes progresses and future opportunities arise.
In the first term of Ordre des Ingénieurs Tunisiens hosting of the CAC, a four-year strategic plan (2008-2011) was developed and implemented over the four-year term and concluded in September 2011. This plan builds on the outcomes of the first plan by continuing the work in some themes and undertaking work on new themes that have been proposed by WFEO member countries.
Over the past two years (2011-2013) the CAC has been heavily involved in United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on corruption in the MENA region. The CAC chairman served as a member of the UNDP task force that was created to develop training courses on business integrity for small and medium size enterprises. The CAC was represented in a number of UNDP workshops and training held in Tunis and Cairo.
Several anti-corruption initiatives have been established in the international construction and engineering industry namely:
- ACET – Global Anti-Corruption Education & Training Project
- CIECI – Construction Industry Ethics & Compliance Initiative
- CoST – Construction Sector Transparency Initiative
- FIDIC – International Federation of Consulting Engineers
- GIACC – Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre
- UK Anti-Corruption Forum
- WEF PACI – World Economic Forum – Partnering against Corruption Initiative.
It is our humble aim and objective to interface with most of these during the next four years.
The Committee on Anti-Corruption’s vision is to be the leading promoter of zero tolerance to corruption and be the best advocators for the reduction and eradication of corruption in the built environment, construction and engineering projects through the enforcement of sound management systems and ethical professional practice.
In partnership with its national members and other WFEO standing committees, the WFEO-CAC will execute a thematic, results-oriented program for 2014-2017 that:
- Increases the understanding of the global, regional, engineering and policy issues and solutions for the combating of corruption in infrastructure and vital services;
- Gathers and disseminates information and provides recommendations on the eradication of corruption in infrastructure projects;
- Develops and promulgates appropriate anti-corruption practices in the least developed, developing and developed countries in engineering and related industries;
- Engages with the appropriate United Nations agencies, international non-government organizations and national members of World Federation of Engineering Organizations to provide anti-corruption advice and strategies;
- Further increase the profile and participation of the WFEO in the UN system by partnering with UNESCO and other agencies in combating corruption;
- Achieves recognition of the role and contributions of WFEO, the World Bank, and other international bodies and the worldwide engineering profession towards achievement of a corruption free built environment;
- Supports and raises WFEO’s profile and participation in the work of UNESCO and OECD as it relates to engineering and Ant-corruption.