Myanmar and Korea sign agreement for joint initiatives on anti-corruption

May 30, 2018

Chairs of Korean ACRC and Myanmar ACC at MOU Signing Ceremony, attended by USPC and UNDP Myanmar

30 May 2018, Sejong City —  The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea affirmed their mutual interest to strengthen bilateral cooperation and share knowledge and expertise on preventing and eliminating corruption.

An MoU was signed today by ACRC’s Chairperson, Ms. Un jong Pak and the Chairperson of the Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. Aung Kyi, in Sejong City, Republic of Korea.

Other key participants in the ceremony were Mr. Balazs Horvath, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC), Mr. Christophoros Politis, Chief Technical Adviser of UNDP Myanmar, and members of Parliament, Mr. Nay Myo Tun and Mr. Aung Thane.

“Myanmar’s Government is determined to address structural corruption issues that are preventing our Country to achieve its full potential. (…) We are seeing in the signature of this MoU a first step to be able to learn from the ACRC on ways to improve our prevention capacity” said Chairperson Aung Kyi of ACC.

“Today’s MOU and the study mission, I hope, will help the development of an effective corruption prevention tool in Myanmar by sharing Korea’s anti-corruption experience,” said Chairperson Pak of ACRC.

The signing ceremony took place during a four-day study visit this week, organized jointly with ACRC, USPC, and the UNDP Myanmar Country Office, with the aim to equip government officials with the technical knowledge and policy insights to help Myanmar adapt ACRC’s Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) mechanism to the local context.

CRA is an anti-corruption mechanism, introduced in 2006, that aims to prevent corruption in public administration through systematic identification of corruption risks in draft laws and regulations, as well as existing legislations relating to functions of public administration.

Case studies and policy lessons learnt will be presented, along with practical hands-on exercises, to the visiting delegation consisting of decision makers and technical staff from ACC, as well as members of Parliament, representatives of the Union Attorney General’s Office and the Union Auditor General’s Office involved in review of legislation and procedures.

The MoU emanates from a webinar on CRA organized earlier this year as part of the Development Solutions Partnership, which is USPC’s programmatic approach to share Korea’s innovative, tested-and-proven policy tools with other countries through UNDP’s global network.

USPC was established in 2011, tasked with representing UNDP in Korea, working with Korea on international issues, and on sharing Korea’s development experiences with other countries.

Contact information

For additional information, please contact Ms. Hye-Jin Park in Seoul at hyejin.park@undp.org or Shobhna Decloitre in Yangon at shobhna.decloitre@undp.org.

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