Bhutan ob­serves 11th In­ter­na­tional Anti- Cor­rup­tion day

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The Youth Me­dia Cen­ter in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan and with the support from the Swiss Agency for De­vel­op­ment and Co­op­er­a­tion ( SDC) or­ga­nized a photo contest to ob­serve the In­ter­na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Day themed “Break the Cor­rup­tion Chain,” on 9th De­cem­ber, 2014 at the Royal Bhutan Po­lice Mess

The theme for the photo contest was “Our Is­sues, Our So­lu­tions” fo­cused on trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and in­tegrity. The photo contest was or­ga­nized to in­volve youth and in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the so­ci­ety to de­pict their voices through the plat­form of pho­tog­ra­phy to ad­dress cor­rup­tion is­sues with their so­lu­tions.

Dasho Neten Zangmo, Chair­per­son of the An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion of Bhutan was the chief guest at the cer­e­mony and was at­tended by var­i­ous gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, mem­bers of the civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions and youth groups.

“In­ter­na­tional An­tiCor­rup­tion Day is an in­valu­able op­por­tu­nity for all of us to re­flect, dis­cuss and act, par­tic­u­larly in a small and frag­ile coun­try like ours,” said Dasho Neten Zangmo

“Bhutan is a great coun­try and its great­ness is not by chance but it is the hard work of our mon­archs, lead­ers and the cit­i­zens,” she fur­ther added.

Pe­maa Dorji, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Youth Me­dia Cen­ter said “We have gone from a world in which the word cor­rup­tion was not even un­der­stood, to a world in which pre­vent­ing cor­rup­tion has be­come one of the tough­est chal­lenges that we are fac­ing. It is no co­in­ci­dence that such ob­ser­va­tions give in­creas­ing pri­or­ity to trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity.”

He said that the ma­jor changes do not hap­pen overnight. But the ben­e­fits are so nu­mer­ous that we have an obli­ga­tion to try. To­gether, civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions and pri­vate sec­tors with the gov­ern­ment agen­cies could change the en­trenched prac­tice that lim­its pro­duc­tiv­ity, effi- ciency and ul­ti­mately the progress of our so­ci­eties.

He also said that Youth Me­dia Cen­ter be­ing a youth or­ga­ni­za­tion, we will play our role and try our best to im­part the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion with guid­ance from the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ACC) to all our young mem­bers of YMC to take a strong stance and “Break the Cor­rup­tion Chain” to make our coun­try zero cor­rup­tion.

Youth vol­un­teers from var­i­ous youth or­ga­ni­za­tions also shared their per­cep­tions on cor­rup­tion and they pledged to support good gov­er­nance and anti-cor­rup­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

A cake cut­ting cer­e­mony was held to cel­e­brate the In­ter­na­tional Anti- Cor­rup­tion Day. On the day, Youth Me­dia Cen­ter’s project “En­ter­prise 1” was also launched by the Chief Guest.”En­ter­prise 1” is any business en­tity and agen­cies com­mit­ted to follow the stan­dards of code of con­duct and ethics as­cribed in the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Act of Bhutan 2011. E 1 will take zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to cor­rup­tion and con­duct all the business ac­tiv­i­ties with trans­parency, ac­count­abil­ity and in­tegrity.

Mr. Kuenga Tsh­er­ing se­cured the first prize of Nu.50, 000 and Pema Tshomo Dorji was sec­ond se­cur­ing Nu.25, 000 in the photo contest. The win­ner and run­ner up were de­cided by pub­lic vot­ing.

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