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HK ICAC leaves no one behind on the way towards corruption-free world

Editor’s be aware: Choice Makers is a international system for conclusion makers to share their insights on gatherings shaping present day entire world. Simon Peh Yun-lu is the Independent Commission Towards Corruption (ICAC) Commissioner and the president of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA). The short article displays the author’s thoughts and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

Fighting corruption is under no circumstances a race amid jurisdictions, nor is it a uncomplicated undertaking that can be accomplished by an anti-graft agency one-handedly. In the globalization period and the digital age, intercontinental cooperation is what retains us going ahead. It is with this perception in intellect that the Independent Commission Versus Corruption (ICAC) of the Hong Kong Exclusive Administrative Area (HKSAR) has been earnestly sharing its graft fighting expertise with the globe.

Set up in 1974, the ICAC tackles corruption with a special formula, combining legislation enforcement, prevention and education and learning. This holistic tactic has successfully reworked Hong Kong from a corruption-plagued town in the 1960s and 70s to one particular of the cleanest destinations in the earth.

According to the Corruption Perceptions Index produced in January 2022 by the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, the HKSAR was rated the 12th cleanest put between 180 nations around the world/territories surveyed and second in Asia. In actuality, this goes over and above perceptions. A probity tradition is entrenched in the area local community as the ICAC annual view survey consistently uncovered that the neighborhood was hugely intolerant of corruption and practically all respondents had not encountered corruption personally in the past 12 months.

The HKSAR has come a prolonged way in the struggle against corruption. Humbled by our previous, the ICAC usually stands completely ready to share our encounter with overseas counterparts. About the many years, the ICAC has structured global anti-corruption conferences and training systems on a common foundation, getting a lot more than 3,000 officers each year from anti-corruption organizations (ACAs) and international companies from distinct jurisdictions to trade anti-graft encounters.

ICAC routinely organizes symposia to foster international anti-graft knowledge trade. The picture was taken at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, May well 24, 2019. /ICAC

ICAC routinely organizes symposia to foster global anti-graft knowledge trade. The photo was taken at Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre, May 24, 2019. /ICAC

The ICAC is also specified by the Chinese central govt as the authority to guide other signatories to the United Nations Convention versus Corruption in creating up their capability in combating corruption. It is consequently our intercontinental obligation to guide ACAs to establish their comprehensive-fledged capability to tackle the corruption crime.

We have been actively giving tailor-made capability constructing programs to our counterparts, taking into thought their cultural, political and authorized variations. Considering the fact that 2017, the ICAC has connected with in excess of 60 ACAs of nations around the world collaborating in the Belt and Highway Initiative for ability creating collaboration, and conducted about 30 teaching systems for about 1,000 graft fighters from fellow ACAs. Inspite of the great impact brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICAC has ongoing its ability setting up initiatives by switching to digital platform. In the earlier 18 months, 19 on the web training applications were being shipped for all over 650 graft fighters of overseas jurisdictions.

In excess of the years, we observed that regardless of their enthusiasm and aspiration, graft fighters usually confronted many constraints, inter alia, restricted resources, lack of ability for the ACAs to run independently as nicely as the deep-rooted society and tolerance of corruption in the society. Whilst it will be up to particular person jurisdictions to convey about institutional changes in their nations, the ICAC, even so, hopes to be ready to get rid of some light alongside the way in ridding out the corruption criminal offense.

Before this year, the ICAC has taken up a new function in the world-wide struggle from corruption. With the endorsement and whole support of the Chinese central authorities and the HKSAR federal government, I am deeply honored to be elected the president of the Global Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) and given the chance to even further add to the world anti-corruption front.

The IAACA was founded in 2006 as the first world wide establishment for the ACAs around the world, aiming to advertise the powerful implementation of the United Nations Convention in opposition to Corruption and foster international anti-corruption collaboration. The then procurators-general of China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Cao Jianming, had held the founding presidency of the IAACA for the initially 10 many years.

Given that my assumption of IAACA presidency and Hong Kong ICAC’s get-in excess of of IAACA Secretariat in January 2022, the commission has been operating closely with IAACA Executive Committee associates to access out to ACAs all around the planet with a look at to strengthening interaction and cooperation. We are also happy to share that due to the fact the new phrase of IAACA, 24 ACAs have joined the association as organizational members, bringing the overall number of associates to 147, involving 100 nations.

ICAC Commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu convenes the to start with regional meeting with IAACA Executive Committee members of the Asia-Pacific region, February 9, 2022. /ICAC

ICAC Commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu convenes the 1st regional assembly with IAACA Government Committee users of the Asia-Pacific area, February 9, 2022. /ICAC

By deepening members’ conversation and collaboration through the freshly-recognized regional coordination mechanism, and obtaining the affiliation much more included in distinct international avenues and platforms, as nicely as maximizing the secretariat guidance to members of the IAACA, I hope we can bolster expertise exchange, increase stakeholders’ abilities of preventing corruption, and in the end participate in our section in aiding the earth to obtain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’ Focus on 16.5 which is “substantially lower corruption and bribery in all their kinds” by 2030.

Closer at property, the ICAC has joined arms with the Guangdong Provincial Supervisory Commission and Fee From Corruption (CCAC) of Macao Exclusive Administrative Location to establish a higher-level exchange system to enhance collaboration and foster nearer ties in combating graft in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Better Bay Location. The 3 authorities have exchanged sights on strengthening anti-corruption collaboration on many fronts, such as combating cross-boundary corruption, endorsing probity lifestyle and organizing ability setting up programs for the workers of the ACAs. Serving as a pilot task to bolster synergy in the Higher Bay Area’s anti-corruption collaboration, the ICAC is in active dialogue with the Qianhai Anti-corruption Bureau in fostering anti-graft cooperation.

ICAC officials are viewed during an on line assembly with CCAC to trade sights on the anti-corruption get the job done of Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, February 18, 2021. /ICAC

ICAC officials are noticed in the course of an on-line meeting with CCAC to trade sights on the anti-corruption work of Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, February 18, 2021. /ICAC

In the course of the anti-graft journey, some countries may well journey quicker even though other folks might find the street rugged and bumpy. But as I have pointed out previously, this is not a race. As a single of the forerunners in this journey, the ICAC is aware of the seemingly insurmountable hurdles and usually stands all set to help. The fee will proceed to fulfill its international obligation. We will depart no just one guiding. Alongside one another, we will one working day arrive at our location – a corruption-cost-free planet.

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