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NACC hosts Phuket anti-corruption seminar

PHUKET: A workshop focusing on best-practice anti-corruption proceedures was held in Phuket yesterday (June 20) in an effort to enhance local law enforcement standards.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 21 June 2022, 01:00PM

The ‘Knowledge Dissemination and Law Enforcement Program’, held at Royal Phuket City Hotel, was presided over by Surapong Inthathavorn, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

Joining Mr Surapong were Uthit Buasri, Deputy Secretary-General of the NACC, Mr. Phuthep Thaweechotthanakul. Assistant Secretary-General of the NACC, Nataphop Tulyakulrot, Director of the Corruption Investigation Office, and Jiraporn Burintharavanich, Director of the Law Office. Representatives from relevant government and public sector agencies were also present.

The purpose of the session was to promote the latest in anti-corruption learning in order to strengthen transparency levels within local law enforcement agencies.

Ms Jiraporn stressed the fact that Constitutional law via the Act on Anti-Corruption B.E. 2561 (2018) stipulates that the state should encourage people and communities to have the requisite levels of knowledge, understanding and participation in anti-corruption processes, including for whistleblowers.

She added that the NACC has established a tool called “Assessment of Integrity and Transparency in Public Sector Operations” to improve and develop transparency in government agencies, in accordance with national strategy relating to the Misconduct Reform Plan.

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Learning about this during the session will enhance local standards by allowing people to share their findings, Ms Jiraporn said. It would further aid efforts to suppress and prevent corruption and conflicts between personal and public interests among public sector officials and help reduce corruption within the private sector, she added.

Mr Surapong emphasised the importance of the Anti-Corruption Act B.E. 2561 (2018), and stressed why seminars such as the one held yesterday are an important part of the NACC’s strategy in disseminating clear and updated information on best-practice policy implementation.

He added that the NACC is the official body responsible for drafting and implementing laws that will protect public interests against corruption within Thailand. He highlighted that the NACC office has recently drafted the Act on Measures to Prevent Prosecution of Silence which will encourage and protect whistleblowers who report malfeasance within the public sector, and an Act on Measures for Ethical Promotion and Prevention of Conflict of Interest.

Mr Surapong concluded the session by declaring the NACC will continue to work on improving standards as part of the country’s reform plan to suppress and ultimately prevent corruption and misconduct.

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Kurt | 22 June 2022 - 14:14:51

Yes! Phuket officialdom is always in denial when it comes to corruption. Corruption is only possible with a silent agree of Officialdom.Transport cartels, Illegal restaurant constructions at beaches. Illegal beach entrance fee demands. Officialdom looks away. It pays off. Only hypocrite temporarely actions ( short while) when people go viral.

JohnC | 22 June 2022 - 09:29:35

Ironic that one of Thailand's most corrupt provinces hold a seminar on anti-corruption. Are they trying to give a subtle (slap to the face) hint to all those who do take liberties with their uniforms and badges. Should let the general public in offer them protection then ask them the truth of their experiences with the local authorities and officials. The results would make interesting reading...


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