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  • Workshop: Anti-Corruption Agencies Plenary


    In recognizing the nature of corruption as a complex and pervasive crime, many nations have established specialized Anti-corruption Agencies (ACAs) as institutional pillars to curb these illegal practices. However, the creation of such a body is not a guaranteed panacea to the scourge of corruption. The effectiveness of an ACA depends on, among other factors, its ability to shield itself from political interference while maintaining impartiality and integrity, sufficient resources, authority and legal immunity, as well as support from civil society.

    The financial crisis, which led to the uncovering of corruption scandals, provoked an erosion of public trust in governmental institutions. Serious questions have also been raised over the roles and effectiveness of public agencies, civil society, the media, and other relevant stakeholders, in preventing future crises. The main challenge most ACAs faces is the public’ s lack of trust and credibility in their work.

    Therefore, ACAs need to engage more actively and broadly with other relevant stakeholders. Similarly, civil society needs to move beyond its traditional role as ‘watchdog’ and assume a broader role as ‘ protectors’ of ACAs. There have been several high-profile instances where civil society, through the mobilization of mass public support, has provided ACAs with the power and legitimacy to resist against political attacks. In Indonesia for instance, when the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was under threat, over one million Facebook users came out in support of the KPK. Civil society is therefore a powerful tool to safeguard the existence and work of ACAs.

    Purpose of the ACA Plenary

    The plenary session on “ Anti-Corruption Agencies’ Achievements, Threats, and Challenges in Diverse Environments” will allow top representatives of anti-corruption agencies and the civil society to share their success stories, and draw attention to the threats and challenges impeding the effectiveness of their anti-corruption efforts. Speakers will identify how ACAs can engage with civil society actors, and underline the opportunities and benefits of such alliances.

    The plenary session will be a vital platform for information sharing on best practices as well as interactive discussions and debates. ACAs as well as members of civil society and mass media will be able to identify concrete actions to enhance collaboration amongst each other.

    Format of the ACA Plenary

    Seven speakers comprising of top representatives of ACAs, civil society and mass media will each deliver a 7-minute presentation, succinctly explaining his/her organization’ s role in combating corruption, the success it has achieved so far, as well as the threats and challenges it is still facing. Speakers should underline how ACAs and civil society can foster an enhanced, synergized relationship in the fight against corruption. The presentations will be followed by a 40-minute moderated Questions and Answers session. The plenary will be open to the press.

    The one-and-a-half-hours session will be moderated by Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan, Secretary-General of Transparency International (Thailand).

    List of Speakers for the Plenary Session on Anti-Corruption Agencies


    Mr. Panthep Klanarongran, President, National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC); Thailand

    Mr. Dragos Kos, President, Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)

    Mr. Park In-je, Acting Chairman, Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC); Republic of Korea

    Mr. Mochammad Jasin, Vice Chairperson, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK); Indonesia

    Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, Former Head, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Nigeria

    Mr. Jose Ugaz, Senior Partner & Benites, Forno & Ugaz,

    Ms. Michela Wrong, Journalist and Author

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