Myanmar signs anti-corruption agreement with South Korea

Myanmar and South Korea’s anti corruption agencies on Wednesday signed an agreement to enhance cooperation and knowledge sharing and expertise to prevent, if not eliminate, corruption.

Visiting Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief U Aung Kyi and Un Jong Pak, chairperson of the South Korea’s Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), signed an agreement in Sejong City, South Korea.

Balazs Horvath, director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Seoul Policy Centre; Christophoros Politis, chief technical adviser of UNDP Myanmar; and members of parliament U Nay Myo Tun and U Aung Thane witnessed the event.

“Myanmar’s government is determined to address structural corruption issues that are preventing our country from achieving its full potential,” said U Aung Kyi.

“We are seeing in the signing of this memorandum of understanding a first step to be able to learn from the ACRC ways to improve our prevention capacity,” he added.

ACRC chairperson Pak expressed hope the signing of the MoU would be able to boost Myanmar’s anti-corruption drive.

“Today’s MoU and the study mission, I hope, will help the development of an effective corruption prevention tool in Myanmar by sharing Korea’s anti-corruption experience,” she said.

The signing took place during a four-day study visit this week aimed at equipping government officials with the technical knowledge and policy insights to help Myanmar adapt ACRC’s Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) mechanism to local conditions.

The anti-corruption mechanism introduced in 2006 aims to prevent corruption in public administration through systematic identification of corruption risks in draft laws and regulations, as well as in existing legislation related to the functions of public administration.

Case studies and policy lessons will be presented, along with practical hands-on exercises, to the visiting delegation consisting of MACC decision makers and technical staff, as well as Parliament members, representatives of the Union Attorney General’s Office and Auditor General’s Office involved in reviewing legislation and procedures.

The Myanmar Times | May 31, 2018