Bhutan commemorates International Anti-corruption Day 2011

December 9 is the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD). The day has been designated by the General Assembly of the United Nations on October 31, 2003. Bhutan also observes the period from December 10th – 17th as the National Anti-Corruption week. These are important occasions for all of us to reflect, redirect and reinforce our anti-corruption efforts, individually, collectively and institutionally.

The theme for International Anti-corruption Day 2011 is “Fostering Ethical Culture in Public Service through Partnership”. Seventeen Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will be participating in an ACC-CSO Partnership program on this day and the Tarayana Foundation, the Bhutan Center for Media and Democracy (BCMD) and the Respect Educate Nurture Empower Women (RENEW) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The day will also observe the launching of an e-learning course on “Ethics and Integrity Management”, developed by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)  with gracious support from DANIDA.

The RCSC, RIM and ACC will continue  this collective effort towards fostering ethical culture and behavioral change in the public service.

In the evening, the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) will be organizing a debate on the title "Is Bhutan doing enough in fighting corruption?" The debate will be conducted in both Dzongkha and English after the 6 pm and 8 pm news respectively.