Mr. Martin Kreutner and Mr. Alik ShpekbayevIACA further strengthened its ties with Kazakhstan on Friday by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the country’s Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption that paves the way for deeper cooperation in education, training, and the exchange of experts.

The MoU was signed in Laxenburg by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and Mr. Alik Shpekbayev, Chairman of the Agency. They previously met in Astana last month during an IACA mission to Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh delegation also included Ms. Fatima Zhakypova, Rector of the Academy of Public Service under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and H.E. Mr. Kairat Sarybay, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna. They were accompanied by other senior officials from the Agency, the Academy, and the Kazakh Permanent Mission in Vienna, as well as representatives of Kazakh media outlets.

Members of the IACA and Kazakh delegations

“This MoU represents another significant step in IACA’s long-standing cooperation with Kazakhstan, and I would like to thank Mr. Shpekbayev and H.E. Mr. Sarybay for their support and commitment in this regard. We look forward to working on a range of possible joint activities with the Agency, and to welcoming additional students and participants from Kazakhstan to our future programmes and trainings,” Mr. Kreutner commented.

“The Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is very pleased at the prospect of working closely with IACA towards our common goal of preventing and fighting corruption. The memorandum we have signed today provides a strong basis for future collaboration and opens up interesting opportunities for sharing knowledge and expertise,” Mr. Shpekbayev concluded.

Kazakhstan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2013. In addition, Kazakh anti-corruption and compliance professionals are part of IACA’s alumni network of former students and participants from 155 countries and jurisdictions.