Myanmar strives for accountable governance of ASEAN Community and anti-corruption in ASEAN region

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham with delegates of ASEAN conuntries at Regional meeting on an ASEAN Framework for collaboration on accountable governance and anti-corruption.—mna
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham with delegates of ASEAN conuntries at Regional meeting on an ASEAN Framework for collaboration on accountable governance and anti-corruption.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 16 Dec — A meeting took place at Thingaha Hotel here on Tuesday to discuss an ASEAN framework for collaboration on accountable governance and anticorruption, with an address by Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham.
Myanmar, as a rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is taking initiatives to establish a framework covering responsible management of the ASEAN Community and anticorruption in the ASEAN region, with the vice president calling for governmental departments and civil society organizations to take into consideration cultural differences and political backgrounds in developing the framework.
He went on to say that challenges are likely to arise in establishing a single economic community, pointing out the need to draw lessons from the world’s economic infrastructure and find ways to overcome challenges posed by corruption as well as new opportunities and technologies.
Developing countries in the ASEAN region like Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, are prone to challenges, according to the vice president.
The goals of the ASEAN Economic Community are hard to realize in the absence of the structure and practices of good governance, he warned.
Myanmar enacted an anticorruption law in 2013, with a commission formed in line with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, he said.
Despite the government’s attempts to combat corruption as part of its movement for the realization of “good governance and clean government,” Myanmar still finds itself on the list of most corrupt countries published in the Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, he said.
Myanmar is the 45th member to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the third country from the ASEAN region after Indonesia and the Philippines.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham stressed that the government and private organizations are working together to ensure “business integrity” as a common goal.
The meeting is scheduled to continue on 16 and 17 December. MNA

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