Published on March 5, 2014
Growing Africa One Season at a Time Your Invitation to the National Anti-Corruption Conference 2014 21-23 May 2014 | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg Includes Executive Summary Rationale for the Conference Key Conference Themes Anti-corruption, Integrity and Corporate Governance Workshop Targeted Audience You Will Engage with Investor Benefits Contacts Your Contact Lwazi Radebe On behalf of Africa Capital Network Tel. +27 11 027 3730 Fax. +27 11 440 2216 email@example.com www.africa-capital-network.com In Partnership With: Learning Africa THE KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The purpose of the National Anti-Corruption Conference 2014 is to lobby for multi-sectoral collaboration and standardisation in the fight against corruption in South Africa. The Conference provides an opportunity for high-level government and business representatives, as well as civil society, to examine best practices for combating corruption with a particular focus on; promoting transparency and integrity in organising sport and other major events and establishing cutting-edge measures for governments and business to combat corruption. The Conference bases on Corruption Watch’s 2013 Corruption Report. It recognises that statistics on corruption levels in South Africa as well as reporting demographics are a daily reality for people living in the country. Conference proceedings will include a cascading of the report itself, major observations and their implications particularly on South Africa as well as recommendations for the fight against corruption and its ills. The Conference does not promise to capture the individual frustration of this reality, but it will capture the informed views of analysts, businesspeople and experts in the country. The target delegates include representation from all government structures in South Africa as well as corporate sector leadership, civil society and community representation. Invites are also being extended to observer delegates from the Sub-Saharan region as well as other BRICS member states. We trust that the conclusion of the Conference will not see the end of yet another talk-shop but a practical guide to action. “Each one of us can be a voice in our communities that promotes accountability and transparency. We stand to achieve better results when we do this as part of a community of like-minded people. To make inroads on corruption we need a robust and vigilant civil society, media and faith communities that can be the conscience of the nation.” - Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, Corruption Watch Board Chair “The direct economic cost of corruption is huge and the impact of this behaviour is primarily felt by the poor. At the same time, corruption erodes trust in public and private sector institutions and leadership.” -David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch.
PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE 2014 Corruption threatens the integrity of markets, undermines fair competition, distorts resource allocation, destroys public trust, and undermines the rule of law. It is a severe impediment to economic growth, and a significant challenge for developed, emerging and developing countries. We ignore corruption at our own peril. It not only threatens economic stability and investment, but also damages critical public confidence in leadership. How can we move forward without trust in our leaders, whether they are in government, at the helm of a corporate or in charge of a school programme? Fighting corruption requires a holistic, forward-thinking approach. And, it requires governments and business working together. The 2013 Corruption Watch Report observes South Africa to be on a slippery slope of corruption. This perception is partly informed by the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index, which measures perceived levels of public sector corruption in a number of countries. In 2012, South Africa was ranked 69�� of 176 countries surveyed, while in 2013 the country slid down to 72ⁿ� out of the 177 countries. This may not be a massive fall, but it is an indicator of steady decline and South Africa's tarnished reputation for corrupt behaviour. With 38% of total corruption allegations in 2013, Gauteng topped the provincial charts. Reports of corruption in the Free State increased from 7% in 2012 to 14% in 2013. The Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) followed closely at 13%. People across the country are speaking out against corruption in their communities. Every one of these corruption fighters is making a difference and they do this by speaking up when they are confronted with dishonest dealings, public mismanagement of funds and general abuse of power. As a collective, if we are going to rip off the price tag on South Africa, we all need to become corruption fighters. A general lack of action by government is perceived as a sign of a further corrupt relationship between officials and the previously reported. For this reason, Africa Capital Network (ACN) is calling the National Anti-Corruption Conference 2014 to take the war against corruption to a collaborative governance level. As part of this commitment, ACN and Corruption Watch are organizing high-level anti-corruption conference for all government structures in South Africa as well as corporate sector leadership, civil society and community representation. The Conference aims to send a powerful message and governance needs to take action. It will bring together high-level government and business representatives, as well as civil society, to examine best practices for combating corruption with a particular focus on: ● Promoting transparency and integrity in public and cooperate sector governance. ● Cutting-edge measures for governments and business to combat corruption. Conference discussions will include a cascading of the report itself, focusing on major observations and their implications particularly on South Africa as well as recommendations for the fight against corruption and its ills. The Conference does not, however, promise to capture the individual frustration of this reality, but it will capture the informed views of analysts, businesspeople and experts in the country.
ENVISAGED CONFERENCE THEMES DAY ONE: PROMOTING TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY IN PUBLIC AND COOPERATE SECTOR GOVERNANCE. This session of the Conference generally assesses the methods and best practices taken by governments, nongovernmental organizations (“NGOs”), and other stakeholders to eradicate corruption and promote transparency. The session reviews case studies in “good governance,” the causes and effects of corruption. DISCUSSION TOPICS WILL INCLUDE: ● Unraveling Corruption and Misconduct from Both a Comparative / Historical and Domestic / International Context. ● Measuring Public Integrity in South Africa. ● Unpacking the Corruption Watch 2013 South Africa Corruption Report. ● The Role of Good Quality Corporate Governance in the Fight against Corruption. ● The Case of Funding for Transparency and Integrity Drive. ● The Legal and Ethical Frameworks Applicable to the Delivery of Public Service. ● Evaluating Shareholder and Stakeholder Rights and Responsibilities. ● Need for Government to Clearly Denounce Corruption. ● Assessing the Impact of Corruption on Public Value and Benefit. ● Identifying the Key Challenges in Promoting and Administering Ethics and Integrity within the Public Sector. DAY TWO: CUTTING-EDGE MEASURES FOR GOVERNMENTS AND BUSINESS TO COMBAT CORRUPTION. This session focuses on developing multi-stakeholder strategies for a South Africa specific fight against corruption. Discussion topics will include: ●Recognise and describe the ethical frameworks applicable to the delivery of public service ●Establishing South Africa specific theoretical perspectives to the understanding of why corruption and misconduct can arise ●Approaches to addressing integrity assurance and corruption prevention ●Strategies to build resilience within an anti-corruption or integrity assurance work environment ●Capacity building in appropriate mechanisms for effective governance in all levels of public governance. ●Establishing a South Africa specific multi-faceted Corruption Index. ●Current developments in corporate governance and its environment: an overview of the legal structure of corporate governance; theories of corporate governance. METHOD OF OPERATION: # Research Based Paper Presentations, Case Studies, Round Table Discussions, Panel Discussions and Break Away Sessions. TARGET GROUP: National / Provincial Government and Municipal Government Officials, Managers and Civil Servants, NGOs, Labour Associations, Human Rights and anti-corruption Lobbyists, Enterprise Board Members and Senior Managers Regulators, Auditors and Investigators, Officials from Justice Departments and Office of the Attorney General, Officials from Financial and Investment Institutions. And all with a stake in a corruption-free South Africa.
POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOP Day Three: ANTI-CORRUPTION, INTEGRITY AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE WORKSHOP The workshop presents an in-depth survey of methods and best practices taken by governments, and other stakeholders to eradicate corruption and promote transparency internationally. The workshop reviews elements in public sector management, the causes and effects of corruption, and undertakes a comparative study of domestic and multilateral efforts to eliminate corruption. Additionally, the course examines the history, foundation and main provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and other international instruments designed to curb corruption and their implications for governance and transparency worldwide. Participants will be expected to fashion an anti-corruption strategy that fits South Africa’s needs and circumstances in recognition of the need to include the full range of stakeholders. LEARNING OUTCOMES? Upon completion participants would be able to: ● Demonstrate an understanding of corporate ethics. ● Outline Comparative dimensions of corporate governance: global convergence or path dependence. ● Demonstrate an understanding of the legal structure of corporate governance; theories of corporate governance. ● Encourage stakeholder activism: merits and feasibility. ● Apply theoretical perspectives to the understanding of why corruption and misconduct can arise. ● Evaluate and Apply and different approaches for addressing integrity assurance and corruption prevention. ● Strategise on how to build resilience within an anti-corruption or integrity assurance work environment. ● Adopt the appropriate mechanism for effective governance. ● Implement best practices on corporate management ● Display an understanding of the significance of internal audit committees. ● Display an understanding of current developments in corporate governance and its environment. TARGET GROUP: National / Provincial Government and Municipal Government Officials, Managers and Civil Servants Enterprise Board Members and Senior Managers Regulators, Auditors and Investigators Officials from Justice Departments and Office of the Attorney General Officials from Financial and Investment Institutions.
INVESTOR OPPORTUNITIES CONFERENCE BUSINESS VALUE for INVESTORS and PARTICIPANTS The National Anti-Corruption Conference 2014 offers comprehensive business, networking and learning opportunities that include presentation and project-pitch, opportunities, exhibit space, branding, product demonstrations as well as the use of post event delegate list and participation in topical discussions. Sponsorships packages allow participating organisations to achieve their objectives before, during and long after the event. Any sponsorship can be customized to meet with the organisation's marketing needs and budget. PARTNERSHIP/SPONSORSHIP & EXECUTIVE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES PREMIER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The National Anti-Corruption Conference 2014 has developed several exclusive opportunities at varying levels to meet partner goals and objectives within the conference sessions. As the exclusive sponsor of the Conference your organisation will benefit from the following: PLATINUM, GOLD AND SILVER CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS This exclusive high level sponsorship opportunities provide the organisation with the greatest degree of visibility as a supporter of the National Anti-Corruption Conference to bring dialogue and business interaction of a high level around paramount. FOCUS GROUP SPONSORSHIP The National Anti-Corruption Conference Organisers will work together with the sponsor to invite a select group of C-suite and/or Senior Level delegates and appropriate speakers to an official sponsored Focus Group during the event. BREAKFAST & LUNCHEON PRESENTATIONS Invite session attendees to enjoy breakfast or lunch on the client’s company’s behalf. Includes a 30-minute presentation and concludes with a 15-minute Q&A session. INVITATION-ONLY VIP BREAKFAST/LUNCHEON AND DINNER Sponsor will select invitees from the conference pre-registration list for an evening of networking at the venue. The Conference Organisers will extend invitations, conduct follow-up and monitor responses. Reminder cards will be placed in the badges of those delegates who will be attending. EXHIBITIONS Exhibitors at the Conference will enjoy facilitated networking opportunities with high level decision makers. They have an opportunity to speak face to face with prospective clients and showcase their latest product, services or solution. PROSPECT CONNECT The Prospect Connect links sponsors to the prospects and clients they want to meet. Simply provide us with a list of potential attendees who you would like to network with during the event and let our professional staff set appointments that help maximize your conference experience. OTHER NETWORKING AND PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Lanyard Sponsor Exhibit Hall Reception Conference Bag Sponsorship Conference Bag Insert Program & Exhibit Guide Sponsor Advertisement in the Program Guide Refreshment Break Sponsorship. FOR SPONSORSHIP AND EXECUTIVE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES Please Contact FOR SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT Please contact: WENDY DLAMINI Business Development Manager Africa Capital Network Tel. +27 11 027 3730 Fax. +27 11 440 2216 firstname.lastname@example.org LWAZI RADEBE Conference Coordinator Africa Capital Network Tel. +27 11 027 3723 Fax. +27 11 440 2216 email@example.com
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