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Anti-corruption agencies seek to enhance partnership for fighting corruption

26 December 2011
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Senior officials from Asia-Pacific countries agreed to take a more systematic approach to regional cooperation to fight corruption.

At the 6th session of the Anti-Corruption Agency Forum (ACA) that took place in Fremantle, Australia on November 18, 2011, members adopted the Terms of Reference (TOR), which set down basic rules on the management of ACA.
The meeting was chaired by The Honourable David IPP AO QC, Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption of Australia, bringing together 10 anti-corruption agencies including five agencies from Australia. Representatives from the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime of Botswana also joined the meeting as observers.
The adoption of the TOR followed the discussion among member agencies in January 2008 in Bali, Indonesia, and subsequent incorporation of their input into the draft TOR.
According to the TOR, ACA performs activities to facilitate collaboration among anti-corruption bodies in the Asia-Pacific region, and enhance the anti-corruption capacities of member agencies through exchange of the experiences and practices in relation to major anti-corruption policies and measures. The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of Korea (ACRC) has served as the Secretariat to support the management of ACA since 2002.
Keychang Chung, Commissioner of the ACRC, expected that the establishment of the TOR will contribute to the effective and consistent management of ACA.
During the meeting, senior government officials exchanged views on future member activities including annual training seminars and staff exchange between member agencies.
They also made an in-depth discussion on corruption risks in public procurement and cultural aspects of corruption such as gift policies, and shared information on recent developments regarding anti-corruption measures.
"The ACA Forum will serve as a venue for high-level policy dialogue among major anti-corruption bodies in the Asia-Pacific region," Commissioner Chung said.
The first session of the ACA Forum was held in November 2002 in Seoul. Currently, it has seven member agencies—Independent Commission Against Corruption of Australia, Independent Commission Against Corruption of Hong Kong, Corruption Eradication Commission of Indonesia, Anti-Corruption Civil Rights Commission of Korea, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Office of the Ombudsman of the Philippines, and Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of Singapore.
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