Monday Compliance News - Around the World

GCSG's Monday Compliance News is a compilation of some of the previous weeks interesting trade compliance, anti-bribery/corruption, fraud, and due diligence news bites, from around the world.

British defense contractor under fraud investigation in Algeria |

"Ultra Electronics on Thursday announced that the UK's Serious Fraud Office had opened a criminal investigation into 'suspected corruption in the conduct of business' by the British defense contractor in Algeria." (Click here for the article) - UK, Algeria

NIST Releases v 1.1 of its Cybersecurity Framework | NIST News

"The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released version 1.1 of its popular Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity..." (Click here for the article) - USA

African Union planning free trade area 7 times larger than the EU | African Union News

"The Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free TRADE AfCFTA held from 17 – 21 March 2018 in Kigali , Rwanda, will serve as a platform for the African Union to sign into existence another flagship project that will boost intra-Africa trade: The Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to Free Movement of Persons, Rights of Residence and Right of Establishment." (Click here for the article) - Africa

U.S. publishes list of China-origin products subject to 25% duty | EY

"On 3 April 2018, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a proposed list of Chinese goods targeted for assessment of an additional 25% duty upon importation into the United States." (Click here for the article) - China, USA

UK SFO facing judicial review on powers to demand overseas data | Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

"The Serious Fraud Office is facing another judicial review of its actions—this time by US engineering and construction company, KBR Inc...The issue in dispute is the SFO’s power to compel KBR Inc to produce data held in the US." (Click here for the article) - UK, USA

China Launches Website to Report Foreign Spies, Corrupt Officials | South China Morning Post

"China has stepped up its campaign against foreign espionage with a website in Mandarin and English encouraging people to report national security threats such as bids to 'overthrow the socialist system'.  The website,, launched by the Ministry of National Security on Sunday, also urges anyone to report attempts by Chinese nationals or foreigners to bribe state or military officials, instigate armed riots or incite ethnic separatism." (Click here for the article) - China

Construction Sector Experiences Heightened Vulnerability to Fraud | Construction Executive

"Ninety-three percent of construction, engineering and infrastructure sector executives said their companies had experienced a cyber incident or information theft, loss or attack in the past year—the highest proportion of all sectors..." (Click here for the article) - Global

Stricter EU Rules on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing | European Parliament

"To increase transparency and respond to the latest technological developments, MEPs voted on 19 April in favour of an update of EU legislation on money laundering and terrorism financing.  The new directive is aimed at preventing the EU’s financial system from being used to fund criminal activities. It also includes a ban on the large-scale concealment of funds and creates more transparency with regards to the true ownership of companies and trusts." (Click here for the article) - EU