The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has announced a new partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MOFA) to develop the first Global Port Integrity Index.
According to a statement, this collaboration will enable the business network of over 110 companies to work together and tackle corruption more effectively.
The Global Port Integrity Index will provide an overview and comparison of illicit demands in ports around the world and be based on the unique first-hand data gathered from captains through MACN’s Anonymous Incident Reporting Mechanism.
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Cecilia Müller Torbrand, Executive Director of MACN, said: “Through the support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, MACN can take our world-leading incident data to the next level and turn it into a powerful advocacy tool.
“This index will be instrumental in highlighting the need for further investments and initiatives addressing integrity challenges in ports to promote fair global trade.”
A partnership with MOFA will also support collective action programmes in the West Africa region, where MACN has been active since 2011.
With a base in Nigeria, the network has collaborated with the Convention on Business Integrity to promote integrity and good governance within the port sector.
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In its latest Nigeria project, MACN will work with the international and local maritime industry, and key government authorities, to improve the business climate and reduce corruption.
Soji Apampa, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Convention on Business Integrity, added: “Increasing transparency and ease of doing business in the port and maritime sector is a political priority of the Nigerian government, and a network like MACN has a key role to play in enabling change that is both business-friendly and that promotes integrity and business ethics.
“The members of MACN have significant commercial buying power when acting collectively. This is important for incentivizing local stakeholder from both the public and private sector to engage with us and actively address corruption.”