(16-18 September 2010)

Following its inaugural seminar organized when it opened in April 2009, the Centre of Anti-Corruption Studies launched the Conference on "Collaborative Governance and Integrity Management" from 16-18 September 2010 at Theatre, ICAC Building.

The event, opportunely timed at the mid-point of the Centre's two-year project on a similar theme on public sector integrity management, aimed at examining the way different jurisdictions approach integrity issues within government institutions and the role played by different oversight bodies. In addition, it also hoped to identify and discuss any generic changes in behaviour of public employees and examined whether there have been changes in the law or diversified use of existing laws to accommodate a broader range of offences committed by public employees. As a continuation of the discussion of the previous event, the focus of the conference is on Hong Kong, the Mainland, European Union and USA.

Under the "One Country, Two Systems" policy, it was noteworthy to mention that eminent speakers from the four areas in the "Greater China" region shared experience and insights on the occasion. In fact, more than 30 experts and academics from the Mainland, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Turkey, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) addressed the three-day event. They included guest of honour Ms Li Qiufang, President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' China Anti-Corruption Research Centre; keynote speakers UK House of Lords Member Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, Director of the United States Office of Government Ethics Mr Robert Cusick, HKSAR's Deputy Secretary for the Civil Service Ms Ivy Law and American University (Washington, D.C.) Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Professor David Rosenbloom.

Overseas speakers included OECD's Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate Principal Administrator Dr János Bertók, United States Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Chair Ms Phyllis Fong, UK Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Mr Tim Godwin, Australian National University Professor Ian Thynne, University of Nottingham Professor Paul Heywood (UK) and Colgate University Professor Michael Johnston. (USA)

Local speakers included The Ombudsman Mr Alan Lai, Deputy Director of Prosecutions Ms Louisa Lai, Executive Councillor Mr Anthony Cheung, University of Hong Kong Professor Simon Young, Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor KM Chan and City University of Hong Kong's Professor Ian Scott, Professor Gong Ting and Professor Brian Brewer.

Macao Commission Against Corruption's Deputy Commissioner and Director of the Ombudsman Bureau Ms Endy Tou and ICAC's Director of Corruption Prevention Mrs Jean Au Yeung also shared their experience on the subject matter.

The event was well-attended by delegations from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Ministry of Supervision, the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong, government officials from Shenzhen and Macao, heads and ethics officers from various Hong Kong Government bureaux and departments, representatives from local public bodies as well as academics from the Mainland and local universities.

While the Centre will produce a conference proceeding and will upload all speeches/papers on its website in the near future, the attached opening address and closing remarks of Dr Timothy Tong, ICAC Commissioner will give you an overview on the background, purpose of the event and the key points emerged from the discussions.

Dr Timothy Tong presents a souvenir to guest of honour Ms Li Qiufang.
Dr Timothy Tong presents a souvenir to guest of honour Ms Li Qiufang.
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