Posted on 30 March 2018
Representatives of Myanmar developing the national anti-corruption strategy, January 2018
The UN Convention Against Corruption requires State Parties to develop a comprehensive anti-corruption strategy to define priorities and channel national efforts to address corruption. The process of developing a strategy, if conducted in a consultative and inclusive manner, also helps to build stakeholders' engagement to fight corruption.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Myanmar called upon UNODC to support the development of a national anti-corruption strategy and related implementation plan. The strategy is expected to help positioning the ACC as coordination body for a broad range of law enforcement and prevention of corruption activities. An initial draft of the strategy has been developed through a workshop involving representatives from the Government, civil society and the private sector. The current draft includes the development of a prevention unit of ACC as well as a series of legal and institutional reforms covering issues such as whistle-blower and witnesses' protection, corruption complaints mechanisms, asset declarations for public officials, investigative tools, and the freezing and seizing of proceeds of crime. The UNODC office in Myanmar is currently implementing an anti-corruption project supporting a broad range of activities in cooperation with Anti-Corruption Commission, Attorney General Office, Financial Intelligence Department, among others.