Pro­to­col be­tween the ACC and RAA signed

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The Chair­per­son, Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and the Au­di­tor Gen­eral, Royal Au­dit Author­ity signed the ‘Pro­to­col of mu­tual as­sis­tance and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing be­tween Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and Royal Au­dit Author­ity in pre­vent­ing and com­bat­ing cor­rup­tion and pro­mot­ing good gov­er­nance’ on Fri­day, the 12th June 2015. The sign­ing of the MOU was based on the min­utes of the meet­ing held be­tween the ACC and the RAA on 19th May, 2015 at ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing hall of RAA.

The pur­pose of this pro­to­col is to set out a frame­work of co­op­er­a­tion, as­sis­tance and ex­change of in­for­ma­tion be­tween the ACC and the RAA to fa­cil­i­tate timely in­ter­ven­tion to de­tect and re­port on fraud and cor­rup­tion with­out prej­u­dice to re­spec­tive func­tional in­de­pen­dence and au­ton­omy. The Sec­tion 67 (b) of the Anti- Cor­rup­tion Act of Bhutan 2006 and the Sec­tion 48 (b) of the Au­dit Act of Bhutan 2006 has re­quired the co­op­er­a­tion and as­sis­tance of both the in­sti­tu­tions.

The area of co­op­er­a­tion es­tab­lished in this Pro­to­col are when, what and how re­fer­rals to the ACC by the RAA are to be made, when, what and how re­fer­rals to the RAA by the ACC are to be made, what sorts of in­for­ma­tion are to be shared, in what cir­cum­stances joint in­ves­ti­ga­tions are to be con­ducted, how au­dit clear­ances shall be af­fected to in­di­vid­u­als on ACC re­lated cases and when bi­lat­eral meet­ings are to be held.

Both the ACC and the RAA has un­der­taken to dis­sem­i­nate this Pro­to­col through­out their re­spec­tive or­ga­ni­za­tions so that all rel­e­vant of­fi­cials are aware of the frame­work it es­tab­lishes and the re­solve of both the Par­ties to achieve its pur­pose.

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