Malaysia increases strategic partnerships with Arab and Asia Anti-corruption agencies

Dec 11, 2011

Kuala Lumpur, 14 December 2011– 16 Chief Commissioners and Heads of Organisations from Anti-corruption Agencies from the Arab states and Asian region are inKuala Lumpur for a three day high-level roundtable dialogue on anti-corruption between December 14 and 16 to discuss strategic collaboration and partnerships.

Organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy (MACA), the dialogue is aimed at establishing and forging relations and strategic collaborations and encouraging stronger coordination and partnerships between anti-corruption agencies in the Asian and Arab states region. The dialogue is the third and final part of the UNDP and Government of Malaysia project titled Strengthening the institutional capacity of Anti-Corruption Agencies from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries to ensure an efficient public delivery system.

The project aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of selected Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACA) based in the 57 member states of the OIC as well as their understanding and appreciation of relevant international anti-corruption instruments and conventions. It also aims to strengthen these countries’ technical know-how and skills in corruption prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution. Emphasis will also be placed on deepening and broadening the understanding of participating ACAs’ about the causes and effects of corruption and its negative consequences for national human development.

Mr. Kamal Malhotra, the United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam said, “This dialogue will provide a unique platform for delegates to communicate their organization’s challenges and highlight potential areas for regional and global partnerships. It should also enable the sharing of their best practices with other agencies. 

This high-level dialogue is the final component of our project with MACC and MACA. Together, we have already conducted two capacity building workshops for selected Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACA) based in member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The two workshops were based on modules specifically designed and developed by UNDP Malaysia and MACA for this initiative. These were Critical Elements of Corruption Detection, Investigation, andConsulting Skills and Corruption Prevention and Community Education’ and a dedicated Training of Trainers Programme whereby development of national training plans was undertaken.

MACC and MACA believe that this initiative has helped expand their role as a regional hub for anti-corruption training. Set up as the first establishment of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region in 2005, the decision by MACA to assist OIC member states in their fight against corruption by way of equipping the trainers of ACAs with comprehensive knowledge and expertise is proof of the increasingly important role played by MACA not only in Malaysia, but also internationally.

“Corruption is an impediment to development in all countries. It is well recognised now that governance is a global public good that requires collective action. Building on MACA’s role, this initiative has brought together selected ACAs in OIC member states with the objective of strengthening their institutional capacities to combat corruption”, said Mr. Malhotra.

Corruption takes a disproportionate toll on the poor, by undermining the delivery of public services, such as health, education, and infrastructure; and it also creates macroeconomic uncertainty and worsens the investment climate. Studies show that moving up from the lowest end of the corruption scale distribution to the middle could result in an average increase in investment of as much as 8% of GDP. Similarly, per capita income growth may rise by over 1 per cent.

“MACC and MACA’s willingness to provide capacity building training to OIC anti-corruption officers indicates the Government of Malaysia’s commitment to anti-corruption initiatives. While Malaysia’s national level commitment is also being demonstrated through the second thrust of its National Key Results Area (NKRA), its international commitment has been demonstrated through this initiative. Furthermore, this initiative is evidence of Malaysia’s strong support for South-South cooperation.

Malaysia has historically been a strong proponent of South-South cooperation. Since the 1980s, Malaysia’s technical cooperation programmes have contributed extensively to the capacity development of countries in Africa and Asia in different areas, including public administration, finance, development planning and humanitarian disaster response and recovery.  Given this record, Malaysia’s emphasis on anti-corruption training for OIC member states will further solidify its role in assisting other developing countries through South-South cooperation.” concluded Mr. Malhotra.

The dialogue is being attended by 16 Chief Commissioners and Heads of Organisations of Anti-Corruption Agencies from Jordan, Palestine, Bangladesh, Maldives, Republic of Yemen, Kingdom of Morocco, Pakistan, Brunei Darussalam, Algeria, The Republic of Sudan, Djbouti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Qatar and Malaysia.

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