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Leaders' Statement

Dr. Bandid Nijathaworn

Secretary General of Thailand's Private Sector Collective Action Coalition against Corruption (CAC) and President & CEO of the Thai Institute of Directors

Thailand's Private Sector Collective Action Coalition against Corruption (CAC)

Bangkok, Thailand, Asia

Bio

Dr. Bandid Nijathaworn is the President and CEO of the Thai Institute of Directors and Secretary General of the CAC. He was ranked 47th in the 2014 list of 100 most influential people in business ethics by Ethisphere. http://www.thai-cac.com/en

Statement

Successful tackling of corruption requires Governments to take the lead and set the right tone

Corruption poses a serious impediment to a country’s progress and development. The problem is global and, in many cases, systemic. For this reason, to successfully tackle corruption necessarily requires collective efforts, aimed at changing the behaviour of the parties concerned, specifically the ways business and government services are done to make them more open, clean and law-abiding.

A fight against corruption, however, cannot be won without strong commitment and determination on the part of the government to take the lead and set example from the top. Through policy and enforcement, the government can create incentives that shape a change in behaviour of all parties, while leading it with its own behaviour through stronger law enforcement and public sector reform.

At the global level, inter-government cooperation can help established to ensure a reasonably level playing field to support fair business competition, to monitor and curb the flows of illicit money and to facilitate asset recovery and return of stolen money. This will send a strong signal that corruption would not be tolerated world-wide.

To fight against corruption, we therefore suggest that the Governments take the lead and set a strong tone from the top in such actions as follow:

For Government to Business (G2B) transactions: Governments must do business or have financial transaction only with companies that operate a clean business policy. This includes having in place a clear board level policy on anti-corruption and strong compliance procedures.

For services that governments provide to the Citizen (G2C) such as the issuance of IDs, licenses, permits, passports, fines, land title deeds: To adopt full transparency on such processes with a clear timeline with respect to getting the services done, the documents required, and the fee involved. Any deviation from the specified timeline and conditions is subject to scrutiny for corruption by law.

On Government to Government (G2G) transactions, except for national security concern, these must be transparent on par with G2B transactions with regards to the procurement process. Such transparency will ensure that G2G transaction has an adequate level of check and balance and openness that renders the benefits of its usage.

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