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Country visit - Second review cycle on UNCAC implementations for Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar), 6 May 2019
- Myanmar underwent the second cycle of review of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) conducted by governmental experts from the Republic of Iraq and Republic of Uzbekistan with the support of UNODC.

The country visit forms a vital part of the country review process in regards to the implementation of the UNCAC. It covers preventive measures (Chapter II of the UNCAC) and asset recovery (Chapter V). The aim of the review is to exchange views, best practices and knowledge to contribute to the global fight against corruption.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, ACC Chairman U Aung Kyi indicated that Myanmar ratified the UNCAC in 2012, the Anti-Corruption Law was enacted on 7 August 2013, and the ACC was established on 25 February 2014. The review, which looked at existing legal institutional framework and overall effectiveness of current measures, is an important opportunity to improve systems and mechanisms that are in place and to enhance domestic coordination.

UNODC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer Mr. Jason Reichelt emphasized that the UNCAC reviews are conducted in a spirit of constructive collaboration, dialogue and mutual trust. During her opening remarks, Ms. Marie Pegie Cauchois, UNODC Myanmar Anti-Corruption Programme Manager emphasized that the review is a golden opportunity for Myanmar to take stock of its level of technical compliance, capacities, competences and effectiveness and to identify the areas where technical assistance is required.

Results of the review will be handed to the Myanmar government and the executive summary will be made public.