278 cases of corruption sent to Azerbaijan’s courts in 2018

January 2019
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278 cases of corruption sent to Azerbaijan’s courts in 2018. The Anti-Corruption Directorate under the General Prosecutor’s Office filed 278 criminal cases against 431 people on corruption charges in 2018. 68 criminal cases were opened against 121 persons over misappropriation and embezzlement charges, while 55 criminal cases were initiated against 86 persons charged with fraud. The remaining cases were related to abuse of power, passive and active bribery, and other corruption offences.


Azerbaijan is launching single e-procurement website

January 2019
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Azerbaijan is launching single e-procurement website. The single e-procurement website which is being launched in Azerbaijan will help to completely automate the public procurement process. The creation of the website is primarily aimed at ensuring transparency in public procurement.


World Customs Organisation (WCO) is studying Azerbaijan’s experience in the fight against corruption in the customs field

January 2019
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World Customs Organisation (WCO) is studying Azerbaijan’s experience in the fight against corruption in the customs field. According to media reports, WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya said at a meeting with Chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee that Azerbaijan’s customs service is an example for other WCO member countries. The WCO would like Azerbaijan to share its experience of the use of technology and institutional reform with other countries and play an important role in this area as part of the organisation.

Over 100 customs officers dismissed on corruption charges in Azerbaijan in 2018

December 2018
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Over 100 customs officers dismissed on corruption charges in Azerbaijan in 2018. Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee fired over 100 employees on corruption charges in 2018. The chairman of the Committee, Safar Mehdiyev, noted that in total, over 30 instances of corruption in the customs system were revealed in 2018. Mr Mehdiyev also emphasized that the committee will further continue the fight against corruption in the customs authorities.


Amendments to the Law on Ethical Conduct Rules for Deputies approved in Azerbaijan

December 2018
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Amendments to the Law on Ethical Conduct Rules for Deputies approved in Azerbaijan. On 18 December 2018, the President signed an order on the implementation of amendments to the Law on Ethical Conduct Rules for Deputies of Azerbaijan. The amendments established restrictions on the acceptance of gifts and other benefits. Furthermore, it included an improved definition of conflict of interest and provided for the Disciplinary Commission to ensure guidance in conflict of interest situations on the request of a Member of Parliament.


MONEYVAL confirms Azerbaijan’s progress in combating money laundering

December 2018
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MONEYVAL confirms Azerbaijan’s progress in combating money laundering. Another progress report for Azerbaijan on the on the 4th evaluation round was discussed on 5 December 2018 during the 57th plenary meeting of the MONEYVAL Committee of the Council of Europe. According to the Azerbaijani Financial Monitoring Service, MONEYVAL positively assessed Azerbaijan’s AML/CFT system.


Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Methodology presented in Azerbaijan

November 2018
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Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Methodology presented in Azerbaijan. On 2 November 2018, the risk assessment methodology for banking sector and sector-specific guidelines for the application of risk-based procedures were presented to the representatives of the Financial Market Supervisory Authority, Financial Monitoring Service, as well as compliance officers of 30 commercial banks within the framework of the CoE/EU PGG project on “Strengthening the Anti-Money Laundering in Azerbaijan". The aim was to support Azerbaijan’s compliance with international recommendations with reference to assessing AML/CFT risks and taking actions for effective mitigation.


Extractive Industries Transparency Commission of Azerbaijan presents EIT Report 2017

November 2018
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Extractive Industries Transparency Commission of Azerbaijan presents EIT Report 2017. On 26 November 2018, the Extractive Industries Transparency (EIT) Commission presented the final version of the EIT Report 2017 to the representatives of civil society, international organizations, local and foreign extractive companies operating in Azerbaijan. Furthermore, the participants also discussed the execution of the project on Beneficial Ownership disclosure.


Azerbaijani delegation joins discussions on recent anti-corruption trends in OSCE area

November 2018
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Azerbaijani delegation joins discussions on recent anti-corruption trends in OSCE area. On 12-13 November, the Azerbaijani delegation headed by Deputy Prosecutor General, Kamran Aliyev, attended the international conference titled “Developing Anti-Corruption strategies for the digital age - Recent trends and best practices in the OSCE area”. Mr Kamran Aliyev widely spoke about Azerbaijan’s anti-corruption efforts on legislation improvement, favourable business environment, ASAN activities, and Azerbaijan’s rating upgrade in the “Doing Business 2019” report.


Amendments made to Law on Prevention

November 2018
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Amendments made to Law on Prevention of the Legalization of Criminally Obtained Funds or Other Property and the Financing of Terrorism. According to the new amendment of 30 November 2018, the Financial Monitoring Service shall participate in formulation of national AML/CFT policy. In addition, the FMS will use AML/CFT statistical information provided by relevant executive authorities and prosecution bodies for the purpose of defining policies and evaluating the risks in this field.