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Thailand and Myanmar Strengthen Cooperation in Fighting Corruption

9 March 2018 (Readers 394)

Thailand and Myanmar have held a consultation on anti-corruption activities and exchanged views and experience in order to to prevent and control corruption more effectively.
The consultation took place on 6 March 2018, when President of Myanmars Anti-Corruption Commission U Aung Kyi led a team to visit the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in Mueang district, Nonthaburi province. On hand to welcome the team were NACC President Police General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit and other NACC executives.
Myanmars Anti-Corruption Commission and the NACC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in anti-corruption efforts on 2 February 2017. The MOU aims to share best practices and experiences between the two agencies in the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
It also focuses on fostering inter-agency anti-corruption cooperation, especially in sharing information and intelligence for the preliminary inquiry, investigation, prosecution, and prevention of corruption.
The meeting between Myanmars Anti-Corruption Commission and the NACC provided a good opportunity for both countries to strengthen their cooperation against corruption. Both Thailand and Myanmar are parties to UNCAC. Thailand and Burundi have been assigned to assess the performance of Myanmar in accordance with UNCAC. The first cycle of review was completed in 2016.
Representatives from Myanmars Anti-Corruption Commission showed keen interest in the NACCs laws concerning the acceptance of corruption complaints and the declaration of assets and liabilities of political-office holders and senior officials. They were also interested in Thailands education programs to raise anti-corruption awareness.
The programs also help in capacity-building for Thai officials who directly work on anti-corruption cases and raising awareness on Thailands obligations under UNCAC.
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