In 2014, MACN members established a collective action initiative to promote the reform of the vessel clearance process for loading grain in Argentina, which had been flagged as an issue by MACN members. MACN partnered with Fernando Basch and Guillermo Jorge – two well-recognized lawyers and integrity champions —to drive this effort.
Basch and Jorge have been MACN’s “voice on the ground”, engaging with authorities, local stakeholders, and industry players. They have been responsible for training relevant stakeholders, including inspectors, government officials and port agents, and leading the initiative to success.
Fernando Basch and Guillermo Jorge are Partners at Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi – a leading full-service firm in Argentina with recognized experience in governance, transparency, and compliance.
The Convention on Business Integrity (Nigeria)
MACN launched its first collective action project in Nigeria, in 2012. The project was developed on a multi-stakeholder approach, involving stakeholders from both public and private sectors in Nigeria and the maritime industry. Working closely with MACN in various capacities since 2012 and overseeing the local implementation of our project since 2016, is our local partner in West Africa – the Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) with whom we have worked very successfully. CBi provides project management resources in Nigeria and across other targeted African countries.
CBi was established in 1997 with the mission of promoting ethical business practices, transparency and fair competition in the private and public sectors. Over the years the Convention has continued to gain support and followers in West Africa and recognized globally as a very innovative and positive contributor from Africa to global best practices relating to the promotion of good governance– at the governmental level and vis-à-vis the private sector.
CBi is responsible for MACN’s training program for port officials as well as local research and advocacy efforts. The training serves as one important element of MACN’s port integrity project in Nigeria. CBi also assists in escalating issues to senior government officials and to the project steering committee appointed to drive the port integrity project forward.
Contact: Fernando Basch