Kosovan Legal Experts Learn about Korea’s Anti-Corruption ExperiencesApr 27, 2018
Policymakers from Kosovo participated in a study visit to Korea co-hosted by the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) and the Anti-corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea on 24-27 April 2018, to deepen their understanding of Korea’s anti-corruption experience and ACRC’s Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) methodology. The delegation included Ms. Albulena Haxhiu, Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Assembly of Kosovo, Mr. Shaip Havolli, Director of Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency, and representatives from UNDP Kosovo Country Office, who are key stakeholders in the fight against corruption in Kosovo.
The Kosovan National Assembly and the Anti-Corruption Agency, with the support of UNDP Kosovo, have been making great strides in their anti-corruption efforts, actively building and updating the legal framework to combat corruption. Most notably, Kosovo’s Anti-Corruption Agency has been making efforts to amend the Law on Anti-Corruption Agency for corruption-proofing of legislations.
As part of USPC’s Development Solutions Partnership (DSP) on Anti-Corruption, the study visit follows last month’s high-level webinar on CRA. Since its first implementation in 2006, CRA has been a useful tool for Korea to prevent the occurrences of corruption by identifying and removing corruption risks in bills as well as existing laws and regulations. During the opening, Ms. Un Jong Pak, Chairperson of ACRC, stressed that “without tackling corruption, the nation will never grow. The entire Korean society has made multi-dimensional efforts to fight corruption.” Mr. Balazs Hovarth, Director of USPC, also stated that “the on-site training by ACRC will be instrumental in ensuring that the corruption proofing system, about to set up in Kosovo, will be fully functioning and able to assess relevant legislation and regulations effectively.”
The study mission programme consisted of a series of presentations by ACRC on Korea's anti-corruption experience and the technicalities of CRA, followed by interactive Q&A sessions and hands-on exercises facilitated by ACRC and USPC. The delegation actively discussed the ongoing anti-corruption reforms in Kosovo, which allowed them to identify and benchmark elements of Korea's CRA process and anti-corruption experience that can be adapted to the Kosovan context.
The study visit not only contributed to Kosovo’s on-going anti-corruption efforts, but also laid ground for a cooperative relationship between Kosovo’s Anti-Corruption Agency and ACRC. Parliamentarian Haxhiu stated, “We learned about Korea’s best practices so that we can draft our own laws and ensure that such laws are properly adapted to the current situation in Kosovo.” Director Havolli also thanked ACRC for succinctly touching upon the challenges Kosovo is facing, and expressed hopes to further strengthen the partnership with ACRC.
DSP is USPC’s programmatic approach to share Korea’s innovative, tested-and-proven policy tools with other countries through UNDP’s global network. The DSP programme does not seek to “cut and paste” Korea’s experience. Rather, Korea’s tools and experiences are shared as a reference point in order to inspire, design, implement, and/or advocate relevant initiatives that are needed in the particular country context. Anti-corruption is one of the key areas of USPC’s current work.