Building Integrity UK (BI UK) delivered its final course of 2018 last week in Almaty, Kazakhstan their first ever course in Central Asia.
The Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) course was delivered to 19 participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan representing organisations across various Ministries. This was the first time participants were exposed to a western approach to tackling corruption and resulted in many energetic and vocal discussions. The course aimed to highlight risk areas of corruption within the Defence and Security sector and how to build institutional integrity to reduce the impact of corruption on the effectiveness of institutions and organisations in Central Asia.
The level of importance afforded by the UK to Building Integrity was clearly demonstrated by the presence of His Excellency Mr Mike Gifford, HMA Kazakhstan who, after hosting a reception on the evening prior to the start of the course, gave the opening address and stayed for the morning sessions. Lt Col Andrew Houlton, UK Defence Attache to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was present throughout the course; also in attendance was the Canadian Defence Attache Lt Col Gino Chretien who was struck by the relevance and scope of material and the level of engagement by participants.
BISL Kazakhstan was delivered by Jacqueline Davies Director BI UK, Lesley Pellett BI UK Programme Manager and Dr Ifti Zaidi BI UK Independent Senior Advisor.
In November, BI UK returned to the Western Balkans to deliver the first BISL to Montenegro. Delivered in Podgorica, this was the 9th BI UK course in the region, and significantly for the first time the audience were predominantly female numbering 18 of the 20 participants. The Defence Attache Lt Col Edward Melotte opened the course with Cdr Igor Vujacic (alumni of BISL Residential May 18 and Building Integrity Principles Presenters Residential Sep 18) delivering a key note speech on “Putting Building Integrity into Practice”. The course was closed by British Ambassador, Her Excellency Alison Kemp with Mr Andrej Lakic, Head of Department for International Cooperation were in attendance for the presentation of certificates.
In her closing remarks, HMA stated:
“Through the work that the Montenegrin MOD and Armed Forces have undertaken through your NATO accession process, you have shown leadership in terms of delivering reforms around tackling corruption. This leadership continues today as Montenegro stands as our NATO Ally and makes progress towards EU membership.”
BISL Montenegro was delivered by Jacqueline Davies Director BI UK, Lesley Pellett BI UK Programme Manager and Mr Nick Williams BI UK Independent Senior Advisor