Bhutan to host Anti-Cor­rup­tion Ini­tia­tive for Asia and the Pa­cific next month

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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.

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