ethiXbase, a leading provider of anti-corruption compliance intelligence and due diligence solutions, is pleased to announce the first in a series of professional certification courses for the Middle East through a strategic partnership with the American University of Sharjah, Norton Rose Fulbright and Deloitte Corporate Finance.
The two-day Middle East course, to be held on the 17th and 18th of February in Dubai, follows on from successful certification courses held in Asia last year which were well-received for their practical and educational content. February’s course in Dubai will be led by experts Tanya Gibbs from the American University of Sharjah, Patrick Bourke from Norton Rose Fulbright and Collin Keeney from Deloitte Corporate Finance.
“A high level of activity from regional and international anti-corruption commissions demonstrates the increasing priority being placed on anti-corruption compliance” said Leas Bachatene, Chief Executive Officer, ethiXbase. “Just as the last decade saw a drastic increase in required skills for AML/CTF compliance professionals there is now a demand in the market for certified anti-corruption professionals who understand regulatory requirements and as well as the impact of ethical conduct on business practices. By partnering with trusted experts in the fields of ethics and anti-corruption compliance we aim to deliver practical, scenario based training in what we hope will be the first of many innovative courses for the Middle East”.
“The goal,” continued Tanya Gibbs from the American University of Sharjah, “is to make those of us doing business here aware of, and in compliance with, national and international anti-corruption legislative and regulatory requirements.”
The course is designed to help professionals develop robust compliance and ethics frameworks to protect and defend their organisation from allegations linked to bribery and corruption.
Recognising the need for such a programme, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has also endorsed the course and is extending reduced rates for their members to register.
Highlighting the importance of education in this area Collin Keeney from Deloitte Corporate Finance commented “compliance with international Bribery and Corruption regulations is more important than ever. The US authorities are increasing their focus on certain industries, with real and direct impact on business in the region. And with the advent of whistle-blower rewards, it is more important than ever to have a robust compliance program and to know how to effectively investigate allegations and evaluate their merits.”
Patrick Bourke from Norton Rose Fulbright adds “business ethics and anti-bribery and corruption regulation and enforcement are increasingly at the forefront of the issues facing businesses today. Standards have changed significantly in recent years, meaning that an ethical failure could result in significant civil and criminal sanctions for businesses, reputational damage, or even imprisonment for individuals. This training is aimed at helping navigate anti-bribery and corruption, regulatory and compliance issues and investigations”.
The professional certification programme is open to all professionals who are keen to enhance their knowledge on business ethics and anti-corruption compliance. Participants are encouraged to register by the 10th of February at http://ethixbase.com/metraining/ to secure their place as spaces are limited.
For more information on the training programme and tutors please visit: http://ethixbase.com/metraining/