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Topics and Timetable
« on: November 02, 2014, 03:44:13 PM »
The APA COI Commission should address both procedural and substantive issues relating to its Terms of Reference.

We need to address the following matters regarding Conflict of Interest:
1. Definition and Limitations;
2. Disclosure (Public and Private);
3. Voluntary Recusal;
4. Monitoring;
5. Implementation;
6. Enforcement;
7. Education.

The three key mechanisms for implementing any COI rules should be:
1. An APA COI Disclosure Book, with both public and private sections;
2. An APA Code of Ethics pertaining to its:
a. civil servants;
b. members of the government;
c. elected officials;
d. officials of NGO and private organisations under the direct jurisdiction of APA;
3. A APA COI Standing Committee of the Boule with the mandate to:
a. Provide guidance and advice to the APA community in the area of conflict of interest;
b. Assess public and private conflict of interest disclosures;
c. Determine whether the conflict can be managed or must be disallowed;
d. Establish plans for managing disclosed and assessed conflicts of interest;
e. Monitor the implementation of such plans, including enforcement and sanctions procedures for violations of APA conflict of interest laws, regulations, and guidelines;
f. Oversee and implement APA-wide education and awareness on conflict of interest;
g. Provide every six months a public report to the APA Agora on the decisions made respecting conflict of interest, to be published on the APA Forums one month before the start of the end-of-term election process in the APA.

The COI Commission should organize open, inclusive and thorough public hearings on the following six questions:

1. Do you agree with the following definition: “Conflict of interest” is a situation in which an APA public official has a private, public or other interest which is such as to influence, or appear to influence, the impartial and objective performance of his or her official duties. ?

2. Do you agree with setting up an APA COI Disclosure Book, with both public and private sections, in which all APA officials should be required to record their potential conflicts of interest? What disclosures should be strictly private?

3. Do you agree that there should be an APA Code of Ethics, guiding the conduct of its:
a. civil servants;
b. members of the government;
c. elected officials;
d. officials of NGO and private organisations under the direct jurisdiction of the APA;
What should this Code cover?

4. Do you agree all APA officials should voluntarily recuse themselves from actions and decisions which would put them in a situation of conflict of interest? What should be considered as such situations?

5. Do agree that the evaluation, monitoring, compliance, implementation, enforcement and education regarding Conflicts of Interest in CDS should be entrusted to an APA Conflicts of Interest Standing Committee of the Boule? How should its members be appointed and for how long?


The APA COI Commission should prepare a short summary of the opinions and suggestions presented in the debates on each question, both in-world and on the forums, and post them on the COI Commission Thread of the APA Forums. These summaries will then become the basis of discussion for the COI Commission members as they prepare to discuss debate, agree on, and draft their own, final report and recommendations.