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The 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference

Global Integrity: 2000 and Beyond -- Developing Anti-Corruption Strategies in a Changing World.

10-15 October, 1999

Durban, South Africa

The 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference took place in Durban, South Africa, from 10 - 15 October, 1999. The Conference theme was: Global Integrity: 2000 and Beyond -- Developing Anti-Corruption Strategies in a Changing World. As explained in a press release, it was hosted by the South African Minister of Justice and was held at the International Conference Center in Durban. South Africa was chosen as venue for 1999 at the highly-successful 8th IACC held in Lima, Peru, in 1997. This was the first IACC to be held in Africa, and was a testament to the growing concern about corruption among African governments and civil society organisations.

The Conference was keenly supported by South African President Thabo Mbeki, and also had the strong backing of such international figures as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, World Bank President James Wolfensohn, UNDP head Mark Malloch-Brown, former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere and African Development Bank President Omar Kabbaj.

This event once again brought together practitioners and academicians to exchange information and experience on strategies and methods for combating corruption in developing and developed countries. About 1600 professionals and activists from 135 countries, north, south, east and west came together to contribute to, and benefit from this exchange.

The Conference programme was designed to have a practical emphasis, with speakers drawn from across a wide spectrum of countries and disciplines. Workshop topics ranged from Role of Donors to Countering Money Politics and from Money Laundering to The Role of Creative Arts in Fighting Corruption.

The determination of the Conference participants to continue to combat corruption was expressed in the Durban Commitment, a statement agreed on by the Conference participants at the conclusion of the gathering.