High-Level Tunisian Delegation Learns about Korean Anti-Corruption Tools

Mar 10, 2017

Government policymakers from Tunisia participated in a study mission to Seoul and Sejong City co-hosted by the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) and Korean government institutions including the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea and the Infrastructure Headquarters of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) on 6-10 March, 2017.

The study tour was part of a capacity-building component of the UNDP-KOICA Partnership Project for Strengthening Democratic Governance and Public Accountability in Tunisia.

The Tunisian delegation, headed by the Chairperson (Minister-level) of the National Authority for Fighting Corruption (INLUCC - L’Instance National de la Lutte Contre la Corruption) and consisting of members of INLUCC, the Tunisian parliament and UNDP Tunisia, had a chance to review Korea’s major anti-corruption activities, including the Anti-Corruption Initiative Assessment (AIA), the e-people system, and policies for the protection and reward for whistleblowers.

In Seoul, the delegation also met with officials of SMG who, together with USPC, presented on the city’s Clean Construction System (CCS) and how this helps to fight corruption in the public construction sector. The delegation also learned about Vietnam’s experience of applying AIA nationwide via USPC’s Development Solutions Partnership on Anti-Corruption.

AIA is a qualitative and quantitative assessment with a systematic scoring system which evaluates how participating organizations have followed-up on ACRC’s anti-corruption guidelines to introduce various institutional mechanisms to prevent corruption. Every year, all scores are publicized and organizations are ranked.

“Corruption must be eradicated for democracy to take root. The success of anti-corruption policies depends on the strong political will of any particular government. INLUCC’s visit to Korea is a sign of strong support for anti-corruption initiatives in Tunisia,” said the Chairperson of ACRC, Mr. Yung-hoon Sung, during the delegation’s visit to ACRC in Sejong City.

CCS is an effective technological and institutional approach which enhances transparency, efficiency, and the protection of construction workers’ rights in the public construction sector, consisting of the One Project Management Information System (One-PMIS) for systematic and effective real-time management of public construction projects, and the Construction Information Disclosure System (“Allimi”) which automatically transmits the information for public access.

“It is our philosophy to make public construction management open and transparent, such that urban infrastructure is as safe and convenient as possible for all citizens of Seoul” said the Assistant Mayor of Seoul, Mr. In-seok Koh, in his welcome remarks.

The study tour was organized as part of USPC’s mandate to facilitate knowledge sharing and application of Korea’s policy approaches to partner countries, in this case, to fight corruption and increase the efficiency of public administration of construction management.