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12 November 2010 :: 15:11:02 pm 45833

134 National Signatories Sign Historic Declaration Against Corruption

Thailand is the host of the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2010, (IACC) sponsored by the the Office of the National Anti Corruption Commission(NACC) and held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center from November 10-13, 2010
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November 11 2010: On  the second day of the conference, today, from 9:00 to 11:00 am, workshop activities were held for several groups of NGO representatives, spreading over many different conference rooms. In the afternoon, they held a seminar with variouis interesting topics and ended with dinner party for the network parties against corruption at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

 

Mrs. Sirilakana Korman, the advisor of Mr. Methi Krongkeaw, the Chairman of the National Anti Corruption Commission  (NACC) announced that the Anti-corruption Campaign in Thailand has been focusing on prevention and should be supported by all sectors. She said this new campaign had been ongoing for sometime, but had not received the attention it deserved. Various projects, such as the pledging of rice, had been researched and reports submitted to the government. The research found that the individuals who benefitted most were not the rice farmers, but businessmen. As a result, it had forced the government to change their policy.

Mrs. Sirilakana said the NACC would monitor public welfare bodies, such as boards of governmental agencies or state enterprises. For instance, when the various boards of government travel  abroad, they were often accompanied by their personal bodyguards or non-attached followers, thus incurring high expenses from the government. She also said that the NACC would suggest that the government invests in detection systems. The media should also be allowed to give more information on projects to prevent corruption and enhance accountability. The details of state projects worth 500 million baht and over should be sent to the NACC to determine their  transparency. Mrs. Sirilakana stressed that the  international conference is concentrating on how to  work together putting together a draft declaration to be signed jointly by another 134 countries that will continue to work together. 

 

The “Bangkok Declaration” co-ordinates efforts by concerned agencies to crackdown against corruption in this country. The contents will focus on cooperation in several areas, such as extradition, combating money laundering, etc. The steering committee is now in the process of drafting the material to be taken from the workshops, which will be officially announced in a meeting of the IACC on the last day of the conference [November 13th].

Photo by : http://14iacc.org

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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