The theme for this year's ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific is "Development with Values: Social Fence against Corruption" which will be held in Le Méridien, Thimphu from 8 -10 November 2016. The degeneration in moral values is the main cause of corruption. As communities, societies, and nations evolve, values continuously shape future humanity at large. Corruption has become the root problems in the societies.
The theme is consistent with Bhutan’s approach to measure development and progress through Gross National Happiness (GNH). While conventional development models identify economic growth as the ultimate objective, Bhutan espouses the importance of Gross National Happiness as the real measure, based on the premise that true development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occur side by side to complement and reinforce each other.
The events are co-organised by the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific Secretariat, the Royal Government and the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
21st Steering Group Meeting (SGM) (Click to view agenda)
SGM will be held on 8 November 2016 and the objective of the meeting is to:
- Present recent reports of OECD Anti-Corruption Network in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Integrity Reviews of Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Indonesia.
- Present recent anti-corruption work and future priorities by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan, other member countries, Observers, Advisory Group and the Secretariat.
- Discuss the Initiative’s programme of work for 2018-2020.
The meeting will be chaired by representative(s) of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan, ADB and OECD. These sessions are open to Steering Group members, Advisory Group members and observers only.
14th Regional Seminar (Click to view agenda)
The Regional Seminar will be held from 9 - 10 November 2016. The regional seminar is composed of two sessions:
1) Anti-Corruption Agency Strengthening Initiative
Despite significant achievements of anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) in the region over the last decade, there is an increasing awareness that the key anti-corruption challenge is to mainstream integrity across the government and across society. No single actor can win the fight against corruption on its own, and although ACAs can leverage anti-corruption measures and change processes in public institutions to some extent, the ultimate responsibility for implementation lies with the various institutions themselves. ACAs can be a catalyst in moving from a “culture of cases” towards a “culture of integrity”. This session will explore the key elements of an anti-corruption reform agenda and how ACAs can maximize their leverage for anti-corruption reforms in the government.
2) Improving the Integrity and Coordination among Law Enforcement Authorities
Corruption hampers the delivery of justice. An impartial and independent judiciary fosters integrity and increases public trust. It is a necessary precondition for protecting individual rights, the foundation for socioeconomic advancement and providing check and balance in democracies. Judicial corruption not only undermines rule of law but also disproportionately affects weaker sections of societies. This session will provide a platform for participants to exchange views on trends, challenges and lessons in improving the integrity and coordination among law enforcement authorities. A session on Effective Coordination and Information Exchange in Financial Investigation and Asset Recovery will also be conducted wherein practitioners from the Law Enforcement Network meeting will participate.
2nd Law Enforcement Network (LEN) Meeting (Click to view agenda)
The 2nd Meeting of the Asia-Pacific LEN will be held from 9 - 10 November 2016, in parallel with the Regional Seminar. Launched in 2015 in Mongolia, the LEN provided a forum for practicing law enforcement practitioners from the region to learn from each other about modern effective methods of detecting, investigating and prosecuting corruption offences based on real-life cases in a confidential manner.
Attendance in this meeting is open only to law enforcement practitioners (including investigators and prosecutors) who address corruption, anti-money laundering and tax crimes. Participants will discuss effective methods of international cooperation and mutual legal assistance in the investigation of corruption cases. The meetings will start with the presentation of the study on the current practices for international cooperation and mutual legal assistance in the region prepared by the OECD. The main part of the agenda will be dedicated to the presentation of specific real-life cases on MLA that will be followed by small group discussions of hypothetical cases. Participants will share experiences and will identify good practices that can be further promoted in the region. This meeting will be confidential to allow frank discussion of case-related information. Participants should register specifically for the meeting separately. The meeting is organised by the OECD, with the logistical support from ADB and the Royal Government of Bhutan and financial support from German Development Co-operation (GIZ).