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Collective action against corruption in Thailand and beyond

This blog post has been shared with us by Aleksandr Shkolnikov, Director for Policy Reform programs at CIPE.

This morning, during his opening speech at the International Anti-Corruption Conference, Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva talked about the role of the private sector in fighting corruption and the importance of collective action. He mentioned two important events that happened this week in Thailand.

Opening the conference

First, 27 leading Thai firms have signed a collective action declaration on fighting corruption – committing to a series of measures designed to strengthen private sector governance mechanisms and transparency in interaction with the government. Second, the government of Thailand, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, and the private sector have signed a collective action declaration vowing to work together in a number of areas to address corruption, mainly focusing on the issue of public procurement.

In fact, that leading Thai firms have signed on to a plan of action against corruption is profiled on the front page of major Thai newspapers or business sections today. This initiative is led by the Thai Institute of Directors and major business associations and chambers of commerce and is supported by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). CIPE has also been supporting the efforts of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to sign a collective action against corruption agreement between the government and the private sector. NACC deserves much credit in leading this and making it happen – many underestimate the effort it takes to bring the private sector and government together to and agree on a common anti-corruption agenda. In many countries, the two sides blame each other for corruption and fail to engage in a constructive dialogue on this issue.

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#14iacc: Bringing the conference to the people

Just one day left. More than 1000 people will get together here in Bangkok. The issue? Fighting corruption.

The International Anti-Corruption Conference series has been gathering anti-corruption fighters around the world for many years now. But this year, for the first time in its history, the conference will go beyond the boundaries of the convention centre and ensure that as many people as possible can join the participants in the discussions. The fight against corruption concerns everyone. And everyone’s thoughts should be heard.

We will be capturing the workshops results, the stories behind the scenes and the best successes in the fight against corruption on the 14th IACC blog. You will find the best quotes and the latest updates on Twitter, reflecting the dynamism of the conference. And we will visualise the fight against corruption through interviews, reports and sharing photos of the conference in real-time. > Read full story

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