Bhutan observes 11th International Anti- Corruption day
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.