A seven member high level delegation, led by Hon’ble Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh will arrive in the country on January 9, 2016 for a five day study visit. This is the sixth delegation received by the ACC from its counter-part anti-corruption agencies in the region since 2010.
The visit is expected to familiarize participants on the workings of the ACC Bhutan, share best practices, raise awareness about the challenges in fighting corruption and build regional ties between the ACCs of the two countries.
While in the country, the delegation will call on the Offtg. Hon’ble Prime Minister, Chief Justice of Bhutan and Foreign Secretary, among others. These meetings will underscore the strong political will that Bhutan enjoys in the fight against corruption.
Besides meeting with key agencies of the Royal Government, ACC Bhutan will resource lecture/interactive sessions on its history, successes, challenges and the inter-institutional collaborations in Bhutan to mainstream anti-corruption and integrity. Sessions will also be conducted by Bhutan Transparency Initiative (BTI) and a village cooperative in Thimphu to give insights on the role of civil society organizations and the general public in preventing corruption.
The ACC Bangladesh was established in 2004 as a statutory independent corruption prevention and corruption detective body of the state under the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2004. This was further reinvigorated with the ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2007. Currently, the Commission has a total staff of 1,073 spread across the country. The ACC Bangladesh is headed by a Chairman and two Commissioners. The Chairman is appointed by the President for a term of five years on the recommendation of the Selection Committee. The ACC Bangladesh receives approximately 12,000 corruption complaints annually.