The 8th Regional of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)/Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific began here officially this morning under the presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Addressing to the two-day conference, Samdech Techo Hun Sen encouraged all participants from 31 member countries to discuss and exchange for an approach to fight against corruption.
“I highly encourage all delegations, decision-makers, experts and practitioners attending the conference from across the region to share experience and lesson learnt on the fight against corruption,” he said.
“I believe that the conference will bring robust discussion, exchange and debate on new ideas, insights and best practices on the important subject of anti-corruption so that it can be adopted and adapted for applying in our countries,” underlined Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
Corruption is the worldwide phenomenon, and the Royal Government of Cambodia, especially the fifth mandate has continued to commit to fight against corruption, he added.
The anti-corruption slogan, “standing in front of the mirror, taking a shower, cleaning yourself and curing the disease” has been raised by Samdech Techo Hun Sen on the occasion.
The Cambodian premier went on to say that over the years, the Royal Government of Cambodia has worked to create legal frameworks which are necessary to the fight against corruption. So far since 2000, Cambodia has the audit law, then in 2009 the penal code, in 2010 the anti-corruption law, in 2012 the public procurement law, and in 2013, the country amended the anti-money laundering law.
“Recent adoption of three fundamental laws on the function of the judiciary is another milestone in the government’s commitment toward reforms,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
Besides, together with other governmental check and balance mechanism in place, the anti-corruption institution, created by law with independent power, finance, and human resources, has carried out its functions to the fullest extent, creating a good prospect against corruption.