Konferansen 2016 "Making Transparency Possible"

    En 3-dagers konferanse med 35 speakers fra 19 land.

Klikk her for å se foredragsmaterialet fra keynote speakers den 13. desember:                       "How to disclose multinational corporate secrecy, corruption and tax avoidance? Investigative journalists, whistleblower, lawyers, trade union leaders."

Klikk her for å se foredragsmaterielet fra keynote speakers den 14. desember:                     "What tools can nation states use when faced with systemic avoidances? Prosecutors, academics, private sector, development institutions, editors and investigative journalists."

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31 foredragsholdere og paneldeltakere bidro til nye perspektiver på velkjent tematikk, med blant annet beretninger om arbeidet med Panama papers, debatter om varslere skal beskyttes eller arresteres, og historien om hvordan Ivan Velasquez antikorrupsjonsarbeide felte hele den guatemalske regjeringen.

Beskyttelsen av varslere i Norge er ikke god nok, fastslo journalist Siri Gedde-Dahl i debatt med professor Elisabeth Eide, journalist John Lloyd og generalsekretær i Norsk redaktørforening, Arne Jensen, om hvordan forholdene for gravejournalistikken kan forbedres. Debatten fulgte etter Jensens innlegg om 10 bud for å øke innsynet, åpenheten og tilgangen til viktig informasjon. I salen satt Raphaël Halet, en av LuxLeaks-varslerne som risikerer mange år i fengsel for å ha lekket informasjon om Luxemburgs tilrettelegging for unndragelse av skatt.

Undersøkende journalister fra 14 land gav innsikt i hvordan mange av dem har samarbeidet transnasjonalt i store gravesaker som strekker seg over flere land. Dette har særlig blitt relevant etter store lekkasjer, slik som Panama papers, Lux Leaks og Swiss leaks. Den islandske journalisten Johannes Kristjansson delte sine erfaringer fra å stenge seg inne på en hytte i den islandske ødemarka for å uforstyrret kunne arbeide med Panama papers uten at noen fikk nyss i hva han drev med. Kristjanssons avsløringer av den islandske statsministerens private investeringer førte til at statsministeren senere gikk av. Liknende historier finner vi i Armenia, Sør-Afrika, Malaysia, Nigeria, Guatemala og Ecuador.

De store linjene ble også trukket. Økonomiprofessor Kalle Moene, jusprofessor i Beate Sjåfjell og økonomiprofessor John Andrew McNeish var blant dem som debatterte globale maktskifter, hvilken rolle folket får når de settes opp mot store multinasjonale selskaper, og hva som kan gjøres når lovverket hindrer innsyn og rett til informasjon. 

  • Se hvordan programmet var den 13. desember:
    • "Making Transparency Possible":
      How to reveal multinational companies' tax avoidance? 

      Host of the day - Stig Arild Pettersen, journalist and host, Podcast "Du verden!" and "Ja, de penga"

    • 08:15 - 09:00    Registration

      09:00 - 09:15    Welcome, Nina Waaler, vice-rector, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), Mona Thowsen, secretary general, Publish What You Pay Norway

      09:15 - 09:45    Why Transparency? Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director, Transparency International

    • Session 1: What is the Problem?

    • 09:45 - 10:15    Panama Papers - an expected scandal. Prof. Dr. Juris Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo (UiO)

      10:15 - 10:45    The art of making a corporate maze with untraceable structures and owners, PhD. Linn Anker Sørensen, University of Oslo (UiO)

      10:45 - 11:15    Panel debate: What can we do when the legal and economic system prevents neccesary information and insight?
      - Moderator: Prof. of Law and Economics Tina Søreide, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
      - Prof. Dr, Juris Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo (UiO)
      - PhD. Linn Anker Sørensen, University of Oslo (UiO)

      11:15 - 12:15    Lunch

    • Session 2: Power Asymmetry

    • 12:15 - 12:35    Global power shift: Companies vs. the people. Prof. of Political Economy of International Development and the Environment John Andrew McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

      12:35 - 12:55    Why should workers care about their companies' lack of transparency?​ Daniel Bertossa, Director of Policy and Governance, Public Services International, the Global Union Federation

      12:55 - 13:15    Inequality for all? Prof. of Economics Kalle Moene, University of Oslo (UiO)

      13:15 - 14:00    Panel debate:  Global powershift: Why should we care about the consequences?
      - Moderator: Stig Arild Pettersen, journalist and host, Podcast "Du verden!" and "Ja, de penga"
      - Prof. of Political Economy of International Development and the Environment John Andrew McNeish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
      - Daniel Bertossa, Director of Policy and Governance, Public Services International, the Global Union Federation
      - Prof. of Economics Kalle Moene, University of Oslo (UiO)
      - Roger Heimli, Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet)

    • 14:00 - 14:20    Tea/Coffee

    • Session 3: Revelations

    • 14:20 - 14:40    Sued by the president: the cost of exposing oil contracts in Panama, Christian Zurita Ron, investigative journalist, Ecuador

      14:40 - 15:00    How can a journalist explain to the world what is going on in a tax haven? Jan Lukas Strozyk, investigative journalist who worked with Swiss Leaks, Lux Leaks, Panama Leaks, Germany

      15:00 - 15:20    Why I decided to become a whistleblower in the Lux Leaks? Raphaël Halet, former accountant at PwC, Luxembourg

      15:20 - 15:40   Thief or whistleblower -  arrest or protect? Amélie Lefebvre, lawyer, cabinet BOURDON & FORESTIER, which represents the whistleblowers E. Snowden and A. Deltour, France

      15:40 - 16:25    Panel debate: How to get access to information when more than 60% of global transactions are in the dark?
      - Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Anne Hege Simonsen, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)
      - Christian Zurita Ron, investigative journalist, Ecuador
      - Jan Lukas Strozyk, investigative journalist, Germany
      - Raphaël Halet, former accountant at PwC, Luxembourg
      - Amélie Lefebvre, lawyer, Bourdon & Forestier, France

  • Se hvordan programmet var den 14. desember:
    • "Making Transparency Possible":
      What tools do governments have in their toolbox, if they want?
      Host of the day - Stig Arild Pettersen, journalist and host, Podcast "Du verden!" and "Ja, de penga"

    • 08:15 - 09:00    Registration

    • 09:00 - 09:05    Welcome, Mona Thowsen, secretary general, Publish What You Pay Norway

    • Session 4: Against all odds

    • 09:05 - 09:15    Brief background on the unique case of Guatemala. Prof. of Political Science Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo (UiO)

      09:15 - 10:00    Against all odds in Guatemala - a corruption case involving the highest political and military levels. Iván Velásquez, CommissionerInternational Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, (CICIG), Guatemala

      10:00 - 10:30    Panel debate: How to hold a president and a vice-president accountable for corruption charges? 
      - Moderator: Prof. of Political Science Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo (UiO)
      - Ivan Velasquez, CommissionerCICIG, Guatemala
      - Assoc. Prof. Mariel Støen, University of Oslo  (UiO)
      - Rodrigo Veliz, investigative journalist, Guatemala

      10:30 - 11:00    Panel Debate: From Guatemala to Norway: How independent are our own control institutions?
      - Moderator: Stig Arild Pettersen, journalist and host, Podcast "Du verden!" and "Ja, de penga"
      - Hans Christian Holte, Director, The Norwegian Tax Administration
      - Per Kristian Foss, Chairman of the Board of Auditors General, Office for the Auditor General
      - Trond Eirik Schea, Director, The Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime

    • 11:00 - 11:20    Tea/Coffee

    • Session 5: Regulators' efforts after Panama Papers

    • 11:20 - 11:45    Why is it necessary to differentiate between taxation mechanisms and transparency mechanisms? Frian Aarsnes, Director, ECON Management Consulting

    • 11:45 - 12:10    OECD: Friend or foe in a fight for transparency? Prof. of Law and Economics Tina Søreide, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

    • 12:10 - 12:35    Private sector: Friend or foe in a fight for transparnecy? Jon Vea, former ambassador to Angola, advisor at Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)

      12:35 - 13:20    Panel debate: What should Norway do to become a leader in financial transparency?
      - Moderator: Turid Sylte, journalist, Vårt Land
      - Jon Lomøy, Director, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
      - Jon Vea, former ambassador to Angola, advisor, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)
      - Prof. of Law and Economics Tina Søreide, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
      - Frian Aarsnes, Director, ECON Management Consulting

      13:20 - 14:20    Lunch

    • Session 6: The Fourth Power

    • 14:20 - 14:40    How to be bureau chief in Russia, a country with limited access to insight? John Lloyd, contributing editor, The Financial Times

      14:40 - 15:00    What to do when access to information is not given? Olesya Shmagun, investigative journalist, Russia

      15:00 - 15:20    Access to information: How does it (not) work in Ethiopia? Tsedale Lemma, Editor in Chief of Addis Standard, Ethiopia 

      15:20 - 15:40    Which transparency mechanisms would help journlists with necessary access to information? Arne Jensen, secretary general, the Association of Norwegian Editors

      15:40 - 16:25    Panel debate: What can be done to improve the conditions for investigative journalism?​
      - Moderator: Prof. of Journalism Roy Krøvel, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)
      -  Prof. of Journalism Elisabeth Eide, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norwegian PEN
      - John Lloyd, contributing editor, The Financial Times
      - Arne Jensen, secretary general, the Association of Norwegian Editors
      - Siri Gedde-Dahl, journalist, Kapital

    • 16:25 - 16:40     Closing remarks, Jan Gunnar FurulyChairman, SKUP, foundation for promoting investigative journalism in Norway

    • 16:40 - 16:45     Thank You, Mona Thowsen, secretary general, Publish What You Pay Norway