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Thursday, September 3 • 11:00 - 13:00
Rooting out impunity and strengthening integrity in the construction sector

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The aim of the session is to explore the factors giving rise to impunity in the construction sector and to discuss practical measures aimed at overcoming them. This will be achieved through meeting the following objectives:

1. Summarise the challenges of fighting corruption and improving integrity in the construction sector
2. Explore lessons from recent practical efforts (e.g. CoST and Open Contracting)
3. Explore the different perspectives of government, industry and civil society with regard to the challenges

Corruption in construction costs lives and wastes money. Poorly constructed buildings cause ill health and in extreme cases, such as when they collapse, injury and death. Wastage results in poor infrastructure and services which impacts disproportionately on poor and marginalised people. Impunity is the result inter alia of (1) opaque systems and procedures; (2) every construction project being unique; (3) it being easy to hide shoddy work and (4) complex supply chains and contractual relationships.

The session will appeal to policy-makers and practitioners from a range of different perspectives including: (1) investors: (2) contractors, consultants and others working in the industry: (3) CSOs which are active in public service delivery, governance and specific industry sectors (e.g. water and sanitation and transport); (4) those involved in data management and (5) trade unions.

The discussion will produce practical suggestions aimed at rooting out impunity and improving integrity. The suggestions will be written up and widely circulated amongst those who could potentially put them into practice. CoST will share them with the 12 countries currently participating in the programme and depending on their relevance, use them as the basis for briefing notes and incorporate them into the various tools and approaches used to build capacity in participating countries. Panellists will be encouraged to write blogs and incorporate the suggestions into their own work.

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Robert Card

President & CEO, Snc Lavalin
Robert (Bob) Card is the President & CEO of SNC-Lavalin, one of the world's largest engineering, construction, operations and asset investment firms with 40,000 employees and nearly $10 billion in revenue. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. The firm operates in... Read More →

Dato’ Sri Ir Judin Abdul Karim

Chief Executive, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB, Malaysia)
Dato’ Sri Judin started his career in Public Works Department (PWD) of Malaysia in 1978 where he has progressively moved up the hierarchy to ultimately become the Director General of PWD for 4 years. He has a BSc. (Hons) Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute... Read More →

Vincent Lazatin

Chair, Construction Sector Transparency Initiative
Vincent Lazatin is the Executive Director of the Transparency and Accountability Network (Philippines) and Chair of the CoST Philippines Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG).

Phil Mason

Head, Anti-corruption Team, Department for International Development (DFID)
Phil Mason – Head Anti-Corruption Team, DFID Phil Mason has been with DFID for over 25 years (since 1988). He started DFID’s anti-corruption work in 2000 under International Development Secretary Clare Short and developed the Department’s first anti-corruption efforts, which... Read More →
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Man Shing Tse

Director Of Corruption Prevention, Icac, Hong Kong
Mr Tse is the Director of Corruption Prevention of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in Hong Kong.  He joined the civil service in 1977 and has since worked in various government offices covering a wide spectrum of service areas.  Mr Tse has extensive public administration... Read More →

Session Coordinators
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Petter Matthews

Executive Director, Cost
I am a built environment and international development specialist with over thirty years’ experience. Currently I am Executive Director of the Construction Sector Transparency (CoST) initiative and Executive Director of Engineers Against Poverty. I started my career in the UK construction... Read More →

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Bernadine Fernz

Associate Director, CoST, the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative
Bernadine Fernz is Associate Director and Regional Lead for Latin America, at CoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative.  She is a governance specialist with almost 20 years’ of experience in infrastructure, climate change and extractives.  She leads on concept design... Read More →

Thursday September 3, 2015 11:00 - 13:00 GMT+08
Hall 9

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