On 18 February 2017, the Workshop on Promoting Social Engagement in Fighting Corruption was co-oganised by the Government Inspectorate of Viet Nam and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with the participation of representatives of APEC Member economies and several international and regional organisations such as UN Development Programme, Transparency International, American Bar Association Rule of Laws Initiative, and ASEAN CSR Network.
With active involvement of the audience, APEC member economies continue to confirm their commitment to fighting corruption, sharing many good practices and experiences, as well as challenges that member economies and related organisations have to cope with in anti-corruption. Engagement with businesses, social organisations, media and the citizens was highlighted as essential to the fight against corruption, that is, social engagement needs to become a DNA of all economies as APEC member economies strive for sustainable and inclusive growth.
Speaking at the Workshop, Mr Thomas Thomas (CEO, ACN) emphasised the importance of engagement with the private sector, and the need to promote collective action on business integrity in the region. He called on all stakeholders – government, business, and civil society – to join hand and fight against corruption.
The Workshop was part of the APEC Anti-corruption and Transparency Working Group (ACTWG) Meeting held in Nha Trang, Viet Nam from 19 – 20 February 2017. The initiative of compiling APEC best practices on promoting social engagement in anti-corruption was proposed by Viet Nam and agreed by the ACTWG to be an integral part of the ACTWG’s workplan for 2017 and the Strategic multi-year workplan 2013-2020.