Myanmar Marks International Anti-Corruption Day

Dec 8, 2017

Students were awarded prizes on their winning entries for an anti-corruption essay competition.

The Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) marked the International Anti-Corruption Day at an event in Nay Pyi Taw on 8 December 2018. It was attended by all oversight institutions in the country, many of the Ministers and leadership of government line ministries, and parliament, as well as civil society organizations, media, academia and the international community.  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) supported the ACC in organizing the event.

A video, which emphasized the UNDP-UNODC campaign message “Corruption: An Impediment to the Sustainable Development Goals” and this year’s theme “United Against Corruption”, was launched at the event.  Myanmar’s ACC further localized the theme to “United Against Corruption, We all can help!”  The video featured testimonies from the various stakeholders, such as the private sector, civil society and general public, who can play a role in the fight against corruption. The development of the video was supported by UNDP.

The stakeholders have a key role to play in curbing corruption that could take place as the country continues its economic development. Their inclusion in the video also reflects the commitment of the current government to ensure public engagement and participation.  The video will be aired on national TV stations and posted on social media in the coming weeks.

In addition to the video, the ACC with support from UNODC launched an essay competition in public schools across the country in partnership with the Ministry of Education.  Intermediate and secondary level students submitted essays on corruption and lack of integrity; and twelve students were awarded prizes.

UNDP’s Deputy Country Director, Dawn Del Rio spoke at the event, and said that, “An efficient anti-corruption policy and approach must be informed by key human rights principles, an independent judiciary, a free press, freedom of expression, access to information, transparency in the political system, and accountability.  A multi-stakeholder engagement is needed, and this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day theme is a reminder to all of us of the importance of having a coalition of stakeholders to succeed.”

Myanmar has recently recorded improvement on the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) moving up 36 places between 2012 and 2016 to reach 136.  The CPI scores and ranks countries on how corrupt their public sectors are seen to be.  

UNDP’s work in the area of anti-corruption is part of the regional ‘Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies’ is supported by the Government of Australia and UNDP.  Anti-corruption activities are part of UNDP’s broader support to democratic governance, which is funded by the governments of Australia, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and UNDP.

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