ICAC chief commences Southeast Asian visit to foster regional anti-graft ties


An ICAC delegation led by Commissioner Mr Simon Peh Yun-lu arrived in Vientiane last (February 20) evening, the first stop of the delegation’s visit to Laos, Indonesia and the Philippines to foster closer ties in the fight against corruption and explore opportunities for collaboration in anti-graft capacity training.

In Vientiane, Laos, Mr Peh and other ICAC delegates will meet with senior officials of the State Inspection and Anti-Corruption Authority and visit the Laos Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The ICAC delegation will head for Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday (February 23), where they will call on senior representatives of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the National Police Commission, and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) of Indonesia. The delegation will also pay a visit to the Transparency International Indonesia and meet the representatives of Indonesia-Hong Kong Business Association.

As early as March 2016, senior representatives of the ICAC had conducted briefings on forensic accounting investigation, asset recovery and public private partnership on corruption prevention for the KPK and AGO in Jakarta. In August last year, the ICAC received 12 prosecutors from the AGO for a two-day training programme in Hong Kong.

The ICAC delegation will travel to Manila, the Philippines next Wednesday (February 27) to visit the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of the Philippines, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Office of Anti-corruption and Integrity of the Asian Development Bank.

During the three-nation visit, Mr Peh will also take the opportunity to call on the Chinese Ambassador to Laos, Mr Jiang Zaidong; the Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Xiao Qian; and the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr Zhao Jianhua.

Accompanying Mr Peh on the visit are Secretary to the Commission Against Corruption, Ms Sally Kwan Yee-lan; Principal International Liaison and Training Officer, Mr Lawrence Chung Wan-hon; Chief International Liaison and Training Officer, Mr Francis Sham Ka-fai; and Senior Liaison Officers, Ms Monica Lo In and Mr Chan Chun-man. The delegation will return to Hong Kong next Saturday (March 2).

Upon conclusion of the trip, the Commissioner will have visited eight members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – 10 economies along the Belt and Road (B&R) – to initiate talks with local anti-corruption agencies on collaboration in training for capacity building. Last year, two other high-level delegations led by the ICAC chief visited Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Under the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the ICAC has been designated by the Central People’s Government to assist States Parties, including those along the B&R route, in capacity building in the fight against corruption. Helping these countries to elevate their capabilities in fighting corruption will also benefit Hong Kong companies and professionals who seek investments and development opportunities there.

So far, the Commission has commenced dialogues with about 40 anti-corruption agencies of B&R countries in relation to capacity building training.
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