In 2018, a Global Illicit Trade Environment Index has been commissioned to the Economist Intelligence Unit by the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT). Myanmar is one of 84 countries featured in the Index. The objective of this project is to improve the knowledge and understanding of the regulatory environment and economic circumstances that enable illicit trade and provide recommendations on priority areas.
Given the lack of data and information on Myanmar’s illicit trade activities, EuroCham will host in partnership with TRACIT and the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Anti-Illicit Trade Forum 2018, as it recognizes how valuable information can be as a tool to raise awareness and mobilize action. This event on a highly topical issue, first of its kind in Myanmar, will take place in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday 5th of September 2018.
The objective of the event will be presenting the Index findings, as well as Eurocham’s concerns as the EuroCham Myanmar Anti-illicit Trade Advocacy Group and industry representatives to relevant stakeholders and media.
The panels will include leading private sector representatives, high-level government officials, key experts from international organizations and academics, including TRACIT General director and UNODC’s Country Director. An overview of the Index results, as well as in depth analysis and recommendations on specific issues will be presented by the different expert panels.
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To find out more about the Global Illicit Trade Environment Index 2018: http://illicittradeindex.eiu.com/
The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) is a private sector initiative to mitigate the economic and social damages of illicit trade by strengthening government enforcement mechanisms and integrating supply chain controls across industry sectors most impacted by illicit trade.
TRACIT draws from industry strengths and market experience to build habits of cooperation between business, government and the diverse group of countries that have limited capacities for regulatory enforcement. Connecting and mobilizing businesses across industries, sectors and national borders makes it possible to achieve results more effectively than any single actor can accomplish alone.
Guest speakers to Anti-Illicit trade Forum 2018
Jeffrey P. Hardy
TRACIT, Director General
Jeffrey Hardy is a seasoned executive with 25 years' experience strengthening the voice of business in international policy. As President of IDA Consulting, Jeffrey has worked with dozens of international trade associations to help them more effectively navigate key policy arenas and gain from emerging legislative and regulatory regimes. From 2004 to February 2017, he served as the Director of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), where he united the global business community to fight illicit trade in the forms of trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. In this leadership position, he pressed governments to set higher standards for global performance and pioneered mitigation tactics for securing supply chains and digital channels. From 2010 to February 2017, he also served as Director of the ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group, where he coordinated international business priorities on the G20 policy agenda related to trade, investment, energy and anti-corruption. Jeffrey has long been an advocate of open and fair trade, and he effectively mobilizes expertise from companies and business organizations to achieve these goals. From 1985 to 1998, Jeffrey worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, where he held positions as International Energy Economist and Director of the U.S. Clean Cities program. Jeffrey currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Combating Illicit Trade, a project of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights. Jeffrey holds a Master of Public Administration and Policy from George Mason University, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Illinois State University and an Honorary Degree for Energy Policy from the Oxford College of Petroleum Studies. In 1992, Jeffrey was awarded the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Silver Medal for his meritorious service during the Gulf War.
Marie Pegie Cauchois
UNODC Anti-corruption adviser and Deputy Country Manager – UNODC, Myanmar
Ms. Marie Pegie Cauchois is the Anti-Corruption Adviser and Deputy Country Manager of UNODC Myanmar overseeing the UNODC anti-corruption programme in Myanmar which aims at supporting Myanmar to more effectively prevent, raise awareness of, detect, investigate and prosecute corruption. Prior to her appointment in Myanmar, she was part of the UN Peace Keeping Operations rapidly deployable team, the Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC) from the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions. In this capacity, she deployed to UNAMA- Afghanistan where, among other roles, she contributed to the work by the mission on legal aid and access to justice. She also deployed to MINUSCA- Central African Republic where she was key to the operationalization of a hybrid international court, the Special Criminal Court. In the JSCS, she also took part to expert missions in Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Kosovo and Somalia. Before that she worked as a Judicial Affairs Officer for UNMISS, South Sudan right after the independence of the country. In that capacity, she provided technical support to strengthen key rule of law institutions and supported the judiciary and the prison systems in tackling prolonged and arbitrary detention. Before joining the UN, she had previously worked as a legal Officer in a joint AusAid/Australian Federal Police project to build the capacity of the Vanuatu police force with the aim to ensure compliance with applicable human rights standard during police operations and criminal investigations. She also worked for Transparency International, the Vanuatu Prime Minister’s Office and OSCE in Croatia.
UNODC Anti-Corruption and Law Enforcement Expert
Trained by the Government of India, US Department of Justice and Colombo Plan Secretariat on law enforcement, Nay Pyi Taw has played an influential role in a number of leading law-enforcement agencies throughout India and East Asia.
With more than 35 years’ experience in a series of various positions, including an officer of Customs and Excise for the Indian Government (1982-2007) and the project officer at the South-East Asia regional office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Mr. Raghavan was subsequently promoted to the position of Drug Law Enforcement expert at the UNODC across South-East Asia. He is currently working as an Anti-Corruption and Law expert for the UNODC in Myanmar.
Throughout his career, Mr. Raghavan has been recognized for his consistently high level of service, notably receiving the “President’s Award for distinguished record of service” from the Honorable President of India (1999).