11 September 2012 - Media release
LYON, France - Identifying areas for enhanced
cooperation in combating corruption and fraud was high on
the agenda for the visit of World Bank Integrity Vice
President Leonard McCarthy at the INTERPOL General
Mr McCarthy met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K.
Noble and other senior officials as part of theongoing
collaboration between the two organizations which signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2010.
During his visit on Monday, Mr McCarthy also met with
officers from INTERPOL's Anti-Corruption office to identify
ways to further enhance cooperation and promote
increasedinformation exchange between World Bank Integrity
Vice Presidency (INT) specialists and the world police body
to reduce the scope and incidence of corruption relating to
World Bank-funded projects.
Mr McCarthy was also updated on INTERPOL's Global Focal
Point Initiative on Asset Recovery which is partnered with
the World Bank StAR initiative to supportinternational
efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds.
With one of the Integrity Vice Presidency's (INT) areas of
responsibility being to investigate allegations of fraud,
corruption, coercion, collusion and obstructive practices
relating to World Bank-funded projects, INTERPOL already
provides support in a range of areas, including conducting
checks on corporations and individuals likely to be engaged
in such projects.
"As the world continues to grapple with the effects of the
economic crisis, it is more important than ever that all
organizations and agencies involved in the fight against
corruption and fraud continue and increase their efforts,"
said Mr McCarthy.
"The World Bank's Integrity Vice Presidency already enjoys
a productive and close working relationship with INTERPOL
and today's visit has highlighted areas where we can take
this cooperation to the next level."
INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said:
"Corruption poses a threat to the global community's
security and prosperity and INTERPOL is committed to
supporting all endeavours in tackling this global scourge.
"Our ongoing and future joint efforts with the World Bank's
Integrity Vice Presidency will enable us to better assist
national, regional and international efforts in tackling
corruption, building on the successes we have already seen
with projects such as the Stolen Asset Recovery initiative
and Global Focal Point initiative," added the INTERPOL
Launched in January 2009 and currently involving 106
countries, INTERPOL's Global Focal Point initiativeincludes
a database of law enforcement officials available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, to respond to emergency requests
for assistance. Such a service is crucial in asset recovery
cases where lack of immediate action may cause law
enforcement to lose a money trail.
INTERPOL cooperates with the World Bank Group in a number
of areas, including combating maritime piracy and
environmental crime with projects such as the Global Tiger