Maritime Anti-Corruption Network to develop port index

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is set to develop a global index for the level of corruption in ports through a partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MOFA).

The Global Port Integrity Index will provide an overview and comparison of illicit demands in ports around the world will based on data from MACN’s anonymous reporting system. Since its inception MACN has gathered over 28,000 reports.

“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,” the Executive Director of MACN, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, said.

The partnership with MOFA will also allow MACN to expand its collective action programme in West Africa. The group has been active in Nigeria since 2011 and working with the Convention on Business Integrity trained over 1,000 government officials in the ports of Lagos, Calabar, Onne, and Port-Harcourt.

“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,” said Soji Apampa, executive director and co-founder of the Convention on Business Integrity.