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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 nearly 100 countries through its major business units including Mining & Metallurgy, Power, Hydrocarbons & Chemicals, Infrastructure & Construction... 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 of Science and Technology, UK, MSc. in Structural Engineering and a Ph.D in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California. He was also awarded the... 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

Senior Anti-Corruption Advisor, Department For International Development
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 unusually for DFID, focused as much on the ‘supply side’ – the responsibilities of developed countries – as with work in developing countries. This... 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 experience in human resources management, planning and development of community facilities, law enforcement in connection with healthcare, and... 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 industry as an apprentice served bricklayer, foreman and construction manager. My work in international development began in 1989 as a Construction Manager... Read More →

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Bernadine Fernz

Policy Advisor, CoST International
Bernadine Fernz is a qualified barrister and specialises in good governance, transparency and accountability, and sustainability policy and practice. | | Since 2012, Bernadine has played a key role as Policy Advisor to the CoST International Secretariat. She is responsible for establishing and developing country programmes in partnership with both international and local stakeholders across government, industry, civil society and... Read More →

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

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