FIDIC relaunches Integrity Management Committee to boost fight against global corruption

30 Jul 2020

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FIDIC has relaunched its Integrity Management Committee as part of a significant strengthening and upgrading of its committee structure and international external affairs and stakeholder relations capability.

The revamped committee will raise awareness, advocate and fight against corruption in the global construction market and work with consulting engineers, construction contractors, suppliers, international financial institutions, international development and assistance agencies and governments. The committee will also promote and market the use of FIDIC’s Integrity Management System and Government Procurement Integrity Management System as key tools in curbing the supply side of corruption.

Commenting on the relaunch of the committee, FIDIC chief executive Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “The relaunch of our Integrity Management Committee is part of a detailed and thorough review of FIDIC’s public engagement work where we have sought to ensure that our committees and other representative bodies better reflect geographic diversification and have the right skills set to be more effective in a changing marketplace. Competition was stiff to sit on these revamped committees, with over 350 industry experts from around the world applying to be members.

“The newly relaunched Integrity Management Committee, in common with a number of other revamped committees we are announcing, will enable FIDIC to be more external facing and help us to make a positive impact on and influence in the global infrastructure industry. Going forward, this relaunched committee will enable FIDIC to be more vocal and more visible to meet the challenges our industry faces as it moves out of the Covid crisis and beyond.”

The new chair of the FIDIC Integrity Management Committee is James N. Mwangi, chief executive of Kurrent Technologies Ltd in Kenya. Commenting on his new role, he said: “It’s a real honour to be appointed to chair this crucially important committee for FIDIC and I’m looking forward to it playing a key role in the global fightback against corruption.

“Corruption has no place in the infrastructure sector or anywhere else and FIDIC is proud to be playing its part in rooting it out. Working in partnership and close collaboration with Transparency International, the International Organisation for Standardisation, the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative CoST, the World Federation of Engineering Organisations and other international bodies, the FIDIC Integrity Management Committee will take a lead in all matters relating to anti-corruption and the promotion of a fair and transparent infrastructure industry.”

The full membership of the Integrity Management Committee is listed below: -

James N. Mwangi (chair)
Chief Executive, Kurrent Technologies Ltd (Kenya)
Justin Masterson (vice chair)
Contract and Procurement Manager, Statkraft (Ireland)
John Ritchie (vice chair)
Independent Consultant (Canada)
Lyndon White
ADR Practitioner/Contracts Director (Australia)
Panagiotis Pantaridis
Senior Highway Engineer, IRD Engineering (Greece) 
Ahmed Stifi
Compliance Officer, Ingérop (Germany)
Jai-young Bang
CEO, Young International Co. (South Korea)
Pawel Samborski
Advocate, Baker McKenzie (Poland)
Mahmoud Abu-Hussein
Procurement and Contracts Manager, Dolphin Energy (United Arab Emirates)
Yinghua Ma
Director, CCCC Highway Consultants, (China)

The 10-strong committee, which will meet quarterly, will also advise the FIDIC board on all aspects of integrity management, anti-corruption and transparency and will identify, collect, publish and promote best practice in this area across the consulting engineering industry.

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