Bhutan to host Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific next month
The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will be hosting the 21st steering Group Meeting, the 14th Regional Seminar and the 2nd Law Enforcement Network meeting of the ADB/ OECD Anti- Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific. The event will be held in Thimphu, from 8- 10 November 2016 with the theme ‘ Development with values: Social Fence against Corruption.’
The annual steering group meeting scheduled on 8th November facilitates member countries and territories to exchange experiences, challenges, success, and failures in line with the action plan, which is based on United Nations Convention against Corruption ( UNCAC). The meeting is open for the member countries and territories only.
The two- day seminar from 9- 10 will see more than 150 delegates consisting of anticorruption practioners, development experts, representatives from civil society and business from about 30 member countries and territories and development organizations. The Prime Minister will also grace the opening session of the seminar.
The seminar promotes policy dialogue for strengthening capacity, fostering institutional network, and initiat- ing reforms. Twentyone speakers will share experiences and insights on how to make anti- corruption agencies ( ACC) credible and effective and improve integrity and coordination among law enforcement agencies through six sessions on Gross National Happiness on its concept and integration into plans and policies; credible and effective anti corruption agencies, fostering multi- stakeholder partnership , role of citizens and civil society in mainstreaming social accountability measures in local governments, impartial and trustworthy criminal justice system; and fostering coordination and information exchange in financial investigations and asset recovery among law enforcement agencies.
The Law Enforcement Network ( LEN) forum which will take place simultaneously with the Regional Seminar will enable the law enforcement practitioners to learn from each other about modern effective methods of detecting, investigating and prosecuting corruption offences based on case studies. This forum is open to the registered participants only.
By hosting the meetings and the seminar, firstly, ACC aims to showcase Bhutan’s sustained political commitment to curb corruption and create awareness on Bhutan’s anti- corruption policies, strategies and practices. Secondly, such event can also provide proxy reference to international assessments on Bhutan’s effort in controlling corruption and its journey towards corruption free society. Given that corruption in this day and age knows no boundaries, it calls for collective efforts to address it meaningfully. This event provides the much needed platform to foster professional networks and share best practices as well as the opportunity to learn lessons and gauge risks through sharing of experience.
Other development partners that support the meetings and the seminar are the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the United Nations Development Programme and the German Cooperation Deutsche Zusammunarbeit.