International Anti-corruption Day commemorated in Yangon

Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission Chair U Aung Kyi and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein observe documentary photos of the Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission. Photo: MNA
Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission Chair U Aung Kyi and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein observe documentary photos of the Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission. Photo: MNA

An event commemorating International Anti-Corruption Day was held at Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon yesterday morning. The event was jointly facilitated by Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar (MACC), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). MACC Chairman U Aung Kyi read a message from President U Win Myint and then delivered the opening speech. In his speech, U Aung Kyi said we need to exercise caution because in today’s technologically advanced digital age, the click of a button can move large sums of money and one incident in the country can be easily spread to the international community. He said corruption is the main cause of human trafficking, illegal drug trafficking, money laundering, transnational crime, and illegal trade threatens the security and stability of civil society.
The MACC Chair said we must all cooperate in the fight against corruption as the strength of one country alone is not enough, regardless of whether it is a major country or small nation, poor or rich. He said the UN Anti-Corruption Convention was signed with the aim to collaborate together on combating corruption in the global countries. He said it won’t be long until a universal ratification emerges as the official confirmation rate of the convention is proceeding at a rapid pace. U Aung Kyi said the 15th Anniversary of the convention brings us together to push back corruption under this year’s theme of ‘United against Corruption’. It means to show the unity of the global countries by implementing and following the codification in the strong contract like the convention he said.
While imposing the Strategic Plan against Corruption (2018-2021), we need to act on anti-corruption as a national cause by implementing a clean government and good administration system, promote dignity and accountability in the administrative mechanism, protect state property, civil society and the rights and livelihoods of the citizens with the combined efforts of government departments and the public.
Next, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, UNODC Country Manager Mr. Troels Vester, and Head of UNDP’s Governance & Sustainable Peace Unit Mr. Joerg Stahlhut delivered separate speeches. Following this were performance by the three kindergarten student groups who won first, second and third place for ‘Mhan Tar Go Pyaw Par’ (Please say the truth) poem play.
Union Minister Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, the regional chief minister, and regional Hluttaw speaker awarded prizes and certificates to the six students who won first, second and third place for their compositions on International Anti-Corruption Day and to the 15 students who won first to third place for the poem play. The MACC Chair also conferred prizes and certificates to 13 university students who received ethics compliance certificates from UNDP and UNODC.
Afterwards, a documentary video on the MACC’s work implementation process was shown. The attendees then took documentary photos and toured the documentary photos of the commission, cartoons, articles and legal ethics book displayed in the hall. Present at the event were the Chairman of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, MACC members, Ambassadors and dignitaries from foreign embassies, Chairman of UMFCCI and executives, experts, authoritative organizations from Yangon General Administration Department and the offices of the Judiciary and Auditor General Offices, departmental officials, businessmen, civil societies and members of the media.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo and Myat Thandar Aung)

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