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New Kickback podcast / Japan-Thailand bribery case / Indonesia anti-graft weapon

New Podcast Episode, Featuring Kieu Vien (Blog/Podcast).  “In the conversation, [Kieu Vien, the founder and executive director of Towards Transparency,] discusses the history of her organization, the corruption challenges facing Vietnam, some of Towards Transparency’s major initiatives, and the promises and limitations of the Vietnamese government’s recent anticorruption reforms.”Matthew Stephenson/The Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2019/09/17/new-podcast-episode-featuring-kieu-vien/Former exec convicted of bribery in 1st plea deal case in Japan.  A former executive of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd has been found guilty of bribing a senior Thai official over a power plant project, in Japan's first case involving a plea bargain.Japan Today: https://japantoday.com/category/crime/former-exec-convicted-of-bribery-in-1st-plea-deal-case-in-japanForget KPK, we need a sharper weapon to fight graft (Opinion).  “Whatever tools we come up with, th…

CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY: Junior Consultant, Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY:Junior Consultant, Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting.  UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub is seeking a consultant to support M&E and reporting, event coordination, and research work under two projects: “Promoting a Fair Business Environment in ASEAN” and “Judicial Excellence to ensure Justice for All: The Judicial Integrity Network in ASEAN”. The assignment is based in Bangkok, Thailand with no travel required.Deadline for application: 1 October 2019Please find the detailed description at the link: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=87595For more information about ‘Promoting a Fair Business Environment in ASEAN’ project, please visit this page: https://bit.ly/fairbizAP-INTACT shares the above information strictly as a service to members. To apply or know more, visit the relevant link in the messages. Please do not send your query or application to AP-INTACT. AP-INTACT is not responsible for the accuracy of the posted information, inc…

Indonesia law passed / Transparency in ASEAN / Myanmar money laundering

Legislative assault on KPK (Editorial). “[The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission] is now a government body that must be staffed by civil servants and overseen by a supervisory body, the members of which will be handpicked by the President with House consultation. Furthermore, it has been stripped of its right to conduct independent wiretapping.”The Jakarta Post: https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2019/09/18/legislative-assault-on-kpk.htmlTowards public transparency in ASEAN (Opinion). “Public transparency and accountability are cornerstones of a citizen-centric approach to governance, and while ASEAN countries show some signs of having transparent processes in place, challenges still exist."Jason Thomas/The ASEAN Post: https://theaseanpost.com/article/towards-public-transparency-aseanMyanmar struggles to deal with money laundering and related crime.  “The Myanmar government is seeking to tackle the problems of money laundering and drug trafficking using a n…

Corruption legal remedies / Foreign anti-corruption laws / Weak corporate governance

Legal Remedies for Grand Corruption (Blog/Resource).  “A new volume from the Open Society Justice Initiative…describes how civil society can mobilize courts of law in the struggle. It recounts efforts that range from using international tribunals to force government to address corruption,”  Rick Messick/The Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2019/09/04/legal-remedies-for-grand-corruption/Direct link to the resource here: https://www.justiceinitiative.org/publications/legal-remedies-for-grand-corruption-2How to get countries to enforce foreign anti-bribery and corruption laws (Blog).  “Drawing upon international relations theory, we argue that the future of such laws depends upon whether the promulgation of anti-bribery and corruption laws becomes the mission of a stable group of countries providing the public good (anti-corruption law) for private reasons (ensuring level playing field to their domestic business lobby).”Sean J. Griffith and Th…

IMF momentum post-Lagarde / Indonesia academic hacked / Political vicarious liability

The IMF post-Lagarde: how to keep up anti-corruption momentum (Blog).  “It is critical that the incoming Managing Director of the IMF champions this agenda, ensuring both continued prioritization of anti-corruption, and progress in the way the IMF engages with the issue.”M. Emilia Berazategui/Transparency International: https://voices.transparency.org/the-imf-post-lagarde-how-to-keep-up-anti-corruption-momentum-f22cb3b9b671UGM lecturer phone number allegedly hacked after forming group rejecting KPK Law revision.  “A Gadjah Mada University (UGM) lecturer’s phone number has been hacked, with the hackers taking over a WhatsApp group created for a movement that rejects a planned revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.”Sri Wahyuni/The Jakarta Post: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/09/15/ugm-lecturer-phone-number-allegedly-hacked-after-forming-group-rejecting-kpk-law-revision.htmlMaking Political Parties Liable for Corruption (Blog).  “Although vicarious…

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (14 September 2019): Tonga, PNG, Samoa

TONGA: Tonga’s prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78. “His political career has been marked by battles with the Tongan monarchy over democracy, transparency and corruption,” the nonprofit wrote, noting that he was imprisoned in 1996 for contempt of parliament before the Supreme Court ordered he be released.”https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/12/asia-pacific/tongas-prime-minister-nurtured-democracy-dies-78/#.XXrjwSgza70PNG: Govt destroys Party System: MP. Vanimo Green MP Belden Namah claims the Marape government is set on destroying the political party system in PNG. https://postcourier.com.pg/govt-destroys-party-system-mp/Health, medial supplies protracted issues afflicting PNG. The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government’s announcement of two contracts worth more than K100 million to supply medical kits and antibiotics this year sparked a furore, led by the National Doctor’s Association (NDA).https://www.thenational.com.pg/health-medical-supplies-protracted-issues…

Indonesia KPK rundown / Sri Lanka presidential candidate / India Rolls Royce /

Is Indonesia's antigraft body in danger?  A rundown on Indonesia’s move to revise the law concerning its Corruption Eradication Commission which had been criticized by many as an attempt to weaken the independent body.Devina Heriyanto/The Jakarta Post: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/09/11/indonesias-anti-graft-body-is-in-danger-only-jokowi-can-save-it-say-activists.htmlSri Lanka presidential frontrunner loses bid to get corruption case dismissed.  Sri Lanka's top court on rejected an appeal by presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa to dismiss corruption charges against him, in a possible blow to the frontrunner's candidacy.Channel News Asia: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-presidential-frontrunner-loses-bid-to-get-corruption-case-dismissed-11896914After CBI, Rolls Royce booked by ED for money laundering.  “After [India’s] Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has now booked Rolls Royce, the luxury car…

Indonesia KPK law / Philippines customs brokers / Myanmar business empire

Jokowi issues letter to begin revision of KPK law.  The Indonesian President has sent a letter to the House of Representatives to show his approval of a revision to the 2002 law on the Corruption Eradication Commission despite concerns from activists and academics that the proposed amendment would only weaken the antigraft body. The State Secretary declined to reveal the letter’s content, saying that the President himself would do it, but added that the government had revised the draft bill sent by the House.Ghina Ghaliya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano/The Jakarta Posthttps://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/09/11/jokowi-issues-letter-to-begin-revision-of-kpk-law.htmlDuterte wants to eliminate brokers from customs.  The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte proposed one solution to address rampant and persistent corruption in the Bureau of Customs (BOC): eliminate brokers from the system.Pia Ranada/Rappler: https://www.rappler.com/nation/239821-duterte-wants-to-eliminate-brokers-f…

Fintech money laundering / Myanmar pharmaceutical SOE / India surprise checks

Money laundering, data breaches emerge as dark side of fintech. “Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said that while fintech could make financial services accessible to more people compared to conventional financial institutions, there were three threats related to the mushrooming of fintech services…money laundering, data breaches and monopolies,”The Jakarta Post: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/09/09/money-laundering-data-breaches-emerge-as-dark-side-of-fintech.htmlMyanmar State Pharmaceutical Factory Official Arrested on Corruption Charges. “Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) opened a case against the general manager of Burma Pharmaceutical Industry (BPI), a state-owned pharmaceutical factory in Insein, Yangon region, charging him with bribery over alleged improper purchasing of raw materials for the factory.”San Yamin Aung/The Irrawaddy: https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-state-pharmaceutical-factory-official-arrested-on-corruption-ch…

Transparent public procurement / Indonesia KPK law / Malaysia business corruption

High-Level Seminar on Increasing transparency and integrity in Public Procurement in the context of the SDGs. Given the crucial role of public procurement in achieving the SDGs, UNDP, UNODC, Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) and Khonthai Foundation jointly organized the High-level Seminar on ‘Increasing transparency and integrity in Public Procurement in the context of the SDGs’ from 9-10 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.To learn about the good practices on public procurement presented at the event, please visit: http://www.asia-pacific.undp.org/content/rbap/en/home/presscenter/events/2019/hls-procurement.htmlKPK Law Revision Opposed by Thousands of University Lecturers.  Up to Monday night there has been 1,717 lecturers from 31 universities declaring their opposition against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law revision.Ricky Mohammad Nugraha/Tempo: https://en.tempo.co/read/1245821/kpk-law-revision-opposed-by-thousands-of-university-lecturers?Terkini…

IACC theme announced / Indonesia law revision / Maldives ex-president trial

Announcing the theme for the 19th edition of the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC).  Over three days of open discussions and frank debates, the IACC’s goal is to support, engage and empower everyone interested and committed to the fight against corruption and social change. Help shape the global anti-corruption agenda by designing one of 35 workshop and innovation sessions during the event – everyone is welcome.  The call for session proposals opens on 1 October 2019 at www.iaccseries.orgHouse tables KPK Law revision, aims for speedy deliberation.  “After a delay that lasted a year, [Indonesia’s] House of Representatives has agreed to resume the deliberation of the revision to Law No. 30/2002 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)…as well as discuss two other bills with potentially contentious articles against the antigraft body.Ghina Ghaliya/The Jakarta Post: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/09/05/house-tables-kpklaw-revision-aims-for-speedyde…

Term "passive bribery" / Stopping money laundering / Philippines FOI efforts

An Almost Entirely Trivial Complaint About Terminology: Can We Please Retire the Term “Passive Bribery”? (Blog).  “…let’s stop abusing language, and at the same time stop inadvertently implying that the act of demanding a bribe isn’t as serious (or that the bribe-demanders aren’t as culpable) by dropping “passive bribery” from our vocabulary.”Matthew Stephenson/The Global Anticorruption Blog:  https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2019/08/27/an-almost-entirely-trivial-complaint-about-terminology-can-we-please-retire-the-term-passive-bribery/Three ways to stop money laundering through real estate (Blog).  “…there are concrete measures that make it significantly more difficult for the corrupt to stash their dirty money in property…asset declarations…regulating gatekeepers… a central register online that simply shows who owns what property”Transparency Internationalhttps://www.transparency.org/news/feature/three_ways_to_stop_money_laundering_through_real_estateVico Sotto to focus…

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (7 September 2019): PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa

PNG: Paladin's 'high risk' contract with Peren had no corruption oversight.  Home Affairs failed to adequately scrutinise politically connected sub-contractors used by its Manus Island service provider, Paladin, amid concerns from the department's own internal auditor that fraud and corruption controls were lacking.https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/paladin-s-high-risk-contract-with-peren-had-no-corruption-oversight-20190903-p52newLack of transparency in public administration.  Lack of transparency in public administration continues to be a problem. This is why TI PNG is extending its legal work to other parts of the country to address this issue. The program offers free legal services for victims and witnesses of corruption.  https://postcourier.com.pg/lack-transparency-public-administration/SOLOMON ISLANDS: Beijing offers development fund if Solomon Islands breaks diplomatic ties with Taipei.  “It is not a secret that China is the most assertive donor n…

New Kickback podcast / Viet Nam ex-minister bribes / Maldives ex-vice president

New Podcast Episode, Featuring Cristina Bicchieri (Blog/Podcast).  “University of Pennsylvania Professor Cristina Bicchieri [talks] about her interdisciplinary work on corruption and anticorruption, which addresses a range of questions including why corruption can be so “sticky,” the role of social norms in shaping corrupt or non-corrupt behavior, how and why perceptions and attitudes toward corruption may differ between men and women, and what the implications of social norm theory are for effective anticorruption strategy.”The Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2019/09/03/new-podcast-episode-featuring-cristina-bicchieri/Vietnam ex-minister took US$3 million bribes in MobiFone case: Police.  “Nguyen Bac Son received the money to facilitate a deal in which MobiFone overpaid for a 95 per cent stake in a loss-making pay television provider, the official Vietnam News Agency said, citing the results of a police investigation.Channel News Asia: http…

Cambodia lawyers screening / Malaysia civil service / India good governance

Bar Association to screen lawyers over corrupt practices.  The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia issued a statement saying it will work with the Justice Ministry to screen lawyers suspected of bribing judges.Khuon Narim/Khmer Times: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50639365/bar-association-to-screen-lawyers-over-corrupt-practices/'Stopping bribe-givers can end corruption in civil service'.  “The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) efforts in combating corruption in the civil service are commendable, but the agency should expand its horizons and neutralise the source — bribe givers, said Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Datuk Seri Borhan Dolah.”Athira Yusof/New Straits Times:  https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/517981/stopping-bribe-givers-can-end-corruption-civil-serviceGood governance, zero corruption essential for economic growth: Javadekar.  Speaking at the 60th SKOCH Summit, India’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate C…

Business sentiment survey / Samsung shares fall / Japan vice minister

2019 EU-ASEAN Business Sentiment Survey (Resource).  “77% of respondents believe they face unfair competition in the local/regional environment at least occasionally”EU-ASEAN Business Councilhttps://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/63371b_2605df6085c3460eac6b017ed3cf7099.pdfA blow to Samsung: Top court rules Lee Jae-yong guilty in graft scandal.  Samsung Electronics shares extended losses to a decline of 2% after the ruling, while those of affiliates Samsung BioLogics and Samsung C&T fell nearly 8% and 6%.The Korea Times: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/08/251_274767.htmlJapanese vice labor minister quits over visa-related graft scandal.  A vice labor minister quit amid allegations that he planned to solicit bribes from a temp agency, in return for his help speeding up visa procedures for foreigners it intended to dispatch to Japanese firms, labor minister Takumi Nemoto said.Japan Today: https://japantoday.com/category/crime/japanese-vice-labor-minister-quits-over-visa-r…

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (31 August 2019): PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands

Rift widens between Australia and Pacific countries. Jennifer Oriel, a columnist, claimed that Beijing is making deals in the Pacific with vulnerable states “weakened by political corruption, government profligacy and consequent debt.”http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2019/08/rift-widens-between-australia-and-pacific-countries/PNG: Public Admin Lacking Transparency. Lack of transparency in public administration continues to be a problem, according to Transparency International PNG (TIPING) https://postcourier.com.pg/public-admin-lacking-transparency/Bougainville chief secretary calls his sacking illegal. Bougainville's chief secretary, Joseph Nobetau, has been sacked but he says the government does not have the constitutional power to fire him… Over the past year, Mr. Nobetau had been leading a vigorous campaign to rid the Bougainville public service of corruption, with dozens of people being convicted or losing their jobs.https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/397470/bo…

Philippines business environment / Malaysia anti-laundering rules / Sri Lanka asset declaration

Duterte tells Chinese businessmen to meet him if burdened by corruption in PH.  During the Philippine-China Business Forum, Duterte said he would not condone corrupt practices in government offices that handle foreign businessmen wanting to set up shop in the Philippines.ABS-CBN News: https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/08/30/19/duterte-tells-chinese-businessmen-to-meet-him-if-burdened-by-corruption-in-phMalaysia Is Revising Rules Against Money Laundering.  “The [country’s] central bank will publish a draft and seek feedback on the changes in September, Assistant Governor Adnan Zaylani Mohamad Zahid said…starting next year, the regulator is increasing its supervisory and enforcement of anti-money laundering compliance, with plans to pursue more deterrent action,”Yudith Ho/Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-29/bank-negara-malaysia-to-revise-rules-against-money-launderingShedding light on incomes, assets and interests in Sri Lanka (Blog).  “Through [Transpare…

India officials fired / Cambodia crackdown analysis / Malaysia Najib prosecution

Modi govt sacks another 22 senior officials in latest crackdown on corruption.  “[India’s] Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has compulsorily retired 22 senior government officials in "public interest" on charges of corruption…The latest batch of officers who were shown the door comprised those dealing with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Customers from across various zones in the country.”India Today: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/modi-govt-crackdown-on-corruption-sacks-22-officials-1591607-2019-08-26The Truth About Cambodia’s So-Called Corruption Crackdown (Opinion).  “…the point is that they do not change the broader realities in Cambodia that would make any seemingly revolutionary corruption crackdown seem more like a periodic purge.”David Hutt/The Diplomat: https://thediplomat.com/2019/08/the-truth-about-cambodias-so-called-corruption-crackdown/Prosecution rests case on Najib’s RM42m SRC International corruption trial.  Attorney Ge…

Business integrity lesson / Indonesia KPK leadership / Technology for transparency

What PH can learn from Kenya in fight vs corruption.  “This is how [Blue Company Project] works: Corporations sworn to ethical standards and best sustainable practices in daily operations apply for a “Blue Company” stamp. Once certified, they encourage their suppliers and service providers to “go Blue” as well.”Emmie G. Velarde/Inquirer.net: https://business.inquirer.net/277524/what-ph-can-learn-from-kenya-in-fight-vs-corruptionGraft watchdogs cry foul over ‘conflict of interest’ in KPK leadership race.  A coalition of civil society organizations - including Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation (YLBHI), the Center for Indonesian Law and Policy Studies (PSHK), and the Jakarta Legal Aid Society (LBH Jakarta) - said that several selection committee members for the next leaders of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission were suspected of having conflicts of interest that made them unfit to sit on the committee.Karina M. Tehusijarana…

Myanmar illegal loggers / Iran probe debate / Bangladesh land services

Locals Say Officials Took Bribes, Freed Illegal Loggers in W. Myanmar.  Lower House lawmaker U Myint Wai, of Rakhine State’s Gwa Township, accused forest department staff and police of setting free illegal loggers arrested in his constituency in May.Htet Naing Zaw/The Irrawaddy: https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/locals-say-officials-took-bribes-freed-illegal-loggers-w-myanmar.htmlCorruption Probe Or Power Struggle? Iran's Former Judiciary Chief Comes Under Attack.  “As head of Iran's judiciary for a decade, Sadegh Amoli Larijani held significant power to use the country's legal system…Within months of a new judiciary chief's appointment in March, Larijani's political enemies looked to have been hitting back.”Golnaz Esfandiari/Radio Free Europe: https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-larijani-judiciary-chief-corruption-attack/30127184.html‘Ensure corruption-free services regarding land’. “The [Bangladesh] government officials are paid handsome salary that comes fro…

Thailand anti-corruption education / India minister arrest / New KickBack podcast

NACC urges spending on graft-busting lessons.  Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) hopes the government will allocate budget funds to the Education Ministry to educate students and the public about fighting corruption, commission president Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said, adding that without a sufficient budget, the Education Ministry will have a difficult time maintaining public awareness about the dangers of corruption.Bangkok Post: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1733355/nacc-urges-spend-on-graft-busting-lessonsA timeline of key events that led to the arrest of India’s former finance minister.  The case involves alleged irregularities in clearing overseas investments of Rs305 crore ($42.8 million) into the Mumbai-based INX Media group (now 9X media) in 2007 during Chidambaram’s tenure.Niharika Sharma/Quartz: https://qz.com/india/1692837/timeline-of-chidambaram-and-kartis-inx-media-case/New Podcast Episode, Featuring Oz Dincer (Blog/Podcast).  “…

Thai NACC emboldened / Nepal cases decreased / Iran car manufacturers

NACC makes bolder calls (Editorial).  “Indeed, even though six of [the Thai National Anti-Corruption Commission’s] nine commissioners were appointed by the former regime's lawmakers, these recent decisions are a welcome step towards a seemingly more impartial and more independent anti-corruption watchdog.”Bangkok Post: https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1732607/nacc-makes-bolder-callsCorruption under control, says Minister Baskota.  Nepal’s Ministry of Communications and Information claimed that the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority was bringing the corrupt to book. “The anti-graft body is working actively. Corruption cases in the country have decreased due to the active role of the CIAA,” Minister Baskota said.The Himalayan Times: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/corruption-under-control-says-minister-baskota/Lawmaker Says Iran Car Manufacturers Mired In Corruption.  Iranian car manufacturers are mostly directly or indirectly government-owne…

Philippines corruption cost / Indonesia corruption fighters / Pakistan asset recovery

P700 billion lost yearly due to corruption, says official.  The Philippines is losing around P700 billion (approx. US$13.3 billion), or around 20 percent of the country's total budget appropriation, yearly, due to corruption, an official said. Ron Gagalac/ABS-CBN News: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/15/19/p700-billion-lost-yearly-due-to-corruption-says-officialMolotov cocktails and acid attacks: The risky life of an Indonesian corruption fighter (Interview).  “In an exclusive interview with the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, KPK Deputy Commissioner Laode Muhammad Syarif – one of the targets of the Molotov cocktail attack last January with chair Agus Rahardjo – says KPK staff face threats to their physical safety and that protection of commission staff is inadequate.”James Massola, Karuni Rompies and Laode Muhammad Syarif/The Sydney Morning Herald:  https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/molotov-cocktails-and-acid-attacks-the-risky-life-of-an-indonesian-corruption-fighter…

Thailand anti-corruption deputy / Philippines gift policy / Afghanistan release criticized

NACC turns its guns on deputy chief Prayat.  Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has recommended indicting its deputy secretary-general Prayat Puangjumpa for being unusually rich, after it found that he have amassed vast wealth and was accused of concealing them in his mandatory asset declaration to the NACC.Bangkok Post: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1731015/nacc-turns-its-guns-on-deputy-chief-prayatLacson to Duterte: Insatiable greed starts with simple, petty graft.  This was the answer of Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, the former Philippine National Police chief, to President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that it was okay for police officers to accept “gifts” out of gratitude while speaking at the 118th Policy Service anniversary.Katrina Hallare/Inquirer.net: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1152446/lacson-to-duterte-insatiable-greed-starts-with-simple-petty-graftUS Envoy slams Afghan government’s anti-corruption resolve. The United States criticized …

Bhutan anti-corruption strategy / Myanmar Mandalay SMEs / Thailand CAC interview

NIACS 2019-2023 launched: Decoding DAMTSI for a happy, harmonious and corruption free society.  In an effort to reinforce ‘DAMTSI’ [Developing Accountable, Moral and Transparent Systems and Individuals] as the core Bhutanese value, His Excellency Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering, Hon’ble Prime Minister launched the ‘National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy (NIACS) 2019-2023’ in Thimphu where he was joined by His Eminence Laytshog Lopen of Zhung Dratshang (Central Monastic Body), Resident Representative of UNDP Bhutan and Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission.The Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan: https://www.acc.org.bt/?q=node/2078Click here for the full National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy (NIACS) 2019-2023:  https://www.acc.org.bt/pdf/NIACS%202019-2023.pdfSMEs need policies tailored for growth to flourish: MRCCI.  The regional lobby group Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) pointed out that SMEs in the region faced a number of obs…

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (17 August 2019): Samoa, PNG

The state of the Pacific as the 2019 Forum convenes. As with the O’Neill government, the critical question for Marape will be the handling of corruption, not because of external pressure on that front (nowadays much diminished), but due to domestic concern about the antics of PNG elites during the country’s liquid natural gas boom.https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/state-pacific-2019-forum-convenesSAMOA: Corruption definitions changeable, journalism constant. Varying definitions of corruption pose a challenge to journalists covering corruption but it's far from insurmountable, an Australian journalist has told a workshop on reporting on corruption.https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/samoa/47430Workshop on Investigative Reporting for Samoa Journalistshttps://youtu.be/TTi7gNiexE8PNG:'I will eventually get killed': Meet Bryan Kramer, Papua New Guinea's anti-corruption tsar. “My response was, God will decide when it is time for me to leave this earth and…

PR for anti-corruption / Myanmar business data / Philippines rep suspended

The Importance of Public Relations in the Fight against Corruption (Blog).  “Of course a badly-designed PR effort can waste resources. Yet effective anticorruption PR helps accomplish several goals that other, “harder” anticorruption measures are incapable or ineffective at achieving on their own…”Jason Kohn/The Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2019/08/09/the-importance-of-public-relations-in-the-fight-against-corruption/MBEI: Measuring Myanmar’s business landscape with data for policymakers (Interview).  “Businesses require [government transparency] in order to effectively comply with law, but they also use it to plan for growth. For this reason, [it] cuts across many of the issues most important to Myanmar businesses, including land, corruption, regulation and more.”Thompson Chau and Jon Keesecker: https://www.mmtimes.com/news/mbei-measuring-myanmars-business-landscape-data-policymakers.htmlSandiganbayan suspends Romblon solon over graft case. 

Malaysia car inspection / Singapore shell accounts / Nepal CCIA operations

Graft putting unsafe vehicles on the road, says Puspakom man.  A Puspakom officer has alleged that corruption is rife among officers in the mobile service of the vehicle inspection monopoly; the mobile inspectors would take bribes to give the all-clear for vehicles that are not roadworthy – the amount depending on the complexity of the problem with the vehicle.Minderjeet Kaur/Free Malaysia Today:  https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/08/12/graft-putting-unsafe-vehicles-on-the-road-says-puspakom-man/Singapore steps up scrutiny of shell firms to combat money laundering.  Valerie Tay, who heads the anti-money laundering department at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said banks had closed accounts of several onshore shell companies over the past year, after detecting unlawful transactions.Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-cenbank/singapore-steps-up-scrutiny-of-shell-firms-to-combat-money-laundering-idUSKCN1V2231Anti-graft body steps up…