Tackling Corruption in ASEAN – Legislation, Strategies and Regional Cooperation
Tuesday, 15 November
Karl-Peter Schönfisch, Director, Laos/Thailand Office, Hanns Seidel Foundation
Henning Glaser, Director, German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University
Country Perspective: Malaysia
Hon. Dato’ Rohaizad Yaakob, MACC State Office of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Cynthia Gabriel, Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism, Malaysia
Country Perspective: Philippines
Atty. January ‘Janis’ Mari P. Garcia, Office of the Ombudsman, Republic of the Philippines
Prof. Eric Vincent Batalla, Political Science Department, De La Salle University, Philippines
Country Perspective: Indonesia
Siti Juliantari Rhaman, Indonesia Corruption Watch, Indonesia
Hendra W. Prabandani, Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas)
Wednesday, 16 November
H.E. Kasit Piromya, National Reform Steering Assembly Thailand
Buntoon Wongseelashote, Board of Trade of Thailand and Thai Chamber of Commerce
Country Perspective: Thailand II
Akharakit Keeratithanachaiyos, National Anti-Corruption Commission Thailand
John Frangos, Tilleke & Gibbins Thailand
On 15-16 November 2016, CPG in cooperation with the Hans Seidel Foundation organised an international conference titled “Tackling Corruption in ASEAN – Legislation, Strategies and Regional Cooperation” at the Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22 in Bangkok. The two-day conference provided a platform for participants and speakers from across ASEAN and beyond to present and exchange their views on their respective country’s or organisation’s efforts in tackling corruption. With this conference, CPG has brought together stakeholders from government, non-government and business sectors to collaborate and share best-practices in dealing with a very important issues Asia is facing today.
Among the speakers were Hon. Dato’ Rohaizad Yaakob, Director of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) State Office of Negeri Sembilan, Atty. January Mari P. Garcia, Graft Investigation and Prevention Officer III, Of- fice of Legal Affairs of the Office of the Ombudsman, Republic of the Philippines, Hendra W. Prabandani, In-House Counsel, Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas), H.E. Kasit Piromya, member of the National Reform Steering Assembly and former Foreign Minister of Thailand and Akharakit Keeratithanachaiyos, Strategy and International Affairs Specialist, National Anti-Corruption Agency (NACC) Thailand, as well as senior representatives of non-governmental organisations, academia and business. From the non-state sector, we were delighted to welcome Cynthia Gabriel, Founding Director of C4, Centre to Combat Corruption& Cronyism, Prof. Eric Vincent Batalla, Chair of the Political Science Department at De La Salle University, Manila, Siti Juliantari Rhaman, Indonesia Corruption Watch, Buntoon Wongseelashote, Vice Chairman of the Committee on International Trade, Board of Trade of Thailand and Thai Chamber of Commerce and John Frangos, Consultant at Tilleke& Gibbins Thailand.
During the presentations and discussions, the speakers elaborated on their perspectives on both the challenges as well as strategies concerning corruption and the fight against it. The participants shared best-practices and discussed regional cooperation as well both legal and moral aspects of corruption, particularly during the joined discussion panel at the end of the conference among all speakers, moderated by Jan Kliem, CPG. The list of speakers as much as the timeliness of the issue with Asia facing several high-profile corruption cases ensured remarkable attendance. Among the attendees were legal professionals, law enforcement officers as well as representatives of embassies, academia, and international organisations.