Integrity needed to ensure Cambodia's strong economic development

120 participants attended Transparency International Cambodia’s first National Conference on Business Integrity, which was held on the 27th of May 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Phnom Penh. It was agreed that transparency and integrity were needed to ensure strong economic development and enable businesses to maximize benefits from Cambodia's economic climate, especially as ASEAN was introducing its Economic Community platform in 2015. This would require all stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and civil society to work together as "no actor can do it alone". Read the full Summary Report of the Conference here.

Institutionalizing Anti-Corruption and Good Governance: International Experience and Evidence

Mr. Peter Perfecto, President of Integrity Initiative and Mr. Jose Solomon B. Cortez, Executive Director of Integrity Initiative represented the Integrity Initiative and the Regional Working Group on Business Integrity in ASEAN at the “Institutionalizing Anti-Corruption and Good Governance: International Experience and Evidence” Forum co-organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center in Manila, Philippines on 10 June 2015.

The Forum was aimed to identify priority areas for targeted intervention, as well as the general tools and strategies to combat corruption. It also highlighted key areas for institutionalization, in order to help make the gains from anti-corruption reforms more permanent and resilient to slippage.

Speaking at the Forum, Mr. Peter Perfecto highlighted the role of access to information in anti-corruption, including the passage of a Freedom of Information Law.

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Thailand: First “Refuse To Be Corrupt” café for youth opened

Thailand’s first Thai Youth Anti-Corruption Network “Refuse To Be Corrupt” café opened on 8 June 2015 at Ubon Ratchanthani University in the northeast of Thailand.

The project is a partnership between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), True Coffee, Anti-corruption Organisation of Thailand, Khon Kaen University, and Ubon Ratchathani University. The partnership provides students with professional knowledge and means to set up and run the cafés, which serve as active communities for the students to tackle the enemy of Thai society: Corruption. http://www.anti-corruption.org/index.php/en/news/82-news/411-thailand-refuse-to-be-corrupt-cafe

Singapore: Former ST Marine exec charged with falsifying documents to cover up corrupt payments

The final executive listed in the ST Marine corruption bust, Patrick Lee Swee Ching, was charged in the State Courts on Wednesday (Jun 10) with 38 counts of abetting to falsify documents to cover up alleged corrupt payments. The false entries to cover up entertainment expenses amounted to more than $126,000, according to the charge sheet.

In December 2014, four other high-level executives from the firm were charged with various counts of corruption. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/former-st-marine-exec/1904574.html

Indonesia: Anti-corruption efforts failed, says DPR deputy speaker

House of Representatives (DPR) deputy speaker Fadli Zon says that anti-corruption efforts have failed, with more and more corruption cases happening over time. 

"This shows that the anti-corruption efforts are failing. Why? It’s mostly because of the inefficient bureaucracy that we have, which greases the wheels for more corruption opportunities to be taken advantage of,” Fadli told reporters on the sidelines of his 44th birthday celebration at the House complex in Jakarta. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/06/01/indonesias-anti-corruption-efforts-failing-dpr-deputy-speaker.html

Vietnam: Death penalty still needed to punish corrupt officials, say lawmakers

Duong Chi Dung (C), former chairman of state shipping giant Vinalines, stood an appeal trial in Hanoi last April. He and one of his subordinates were sentenced to death for embezzling VND10 billion (US$474,000) each in a dock scam busted in May 2012. Photo: Hoang Trang
Duong Chi Dung (C), former chairman of state shipping giant Vinalines, stood an appeal trial in Hanoi last April. He and one of his subordinates were sentenced to death for embezzling VND10 billion (US$474,000) each in a dock scam busted in May 2012. Photo: Hoang Trang

Many lawmakers have objected to the government's plan to let convicts escape death penalties by returning half of the money or property they gained from their offenses. http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/death-penalty-still-needed-to-punish-corrupt-officials-lawmakers-say-43920.html

 

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