Roundtable Discussion on Anticorruption Drive and the Way Forward


Event Name : Recent Events

Date : 5 September, 2007- ,

Description :

The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organized a roundtable discussion on Anticorruption Drive and the Way Forward. The discussion was held at the BEI Conference Room on Wednesday, September 05, 2007.

Lt. Gen. Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury (retd), Chairman, Anti-Corruption Commission, has kindly consented to be the chief guest on the occasion. The roundtable discussion was chaired by Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President, BEI.

BEI, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, has undertaken an initiative titled Promoting Good Governance: Key Reform Challenges facing Bangladesh. Under this initiative, BEI will be organizing six roundtable discussions focusing on key developments issues in Bangladesh, and subsequently developing a volume of white papers to assist the Government of Bangladesh in it reform agenda.

The discussion on Anticorruption Drive and the Way Forward is the first in the series of discussions on key reform challenges.

While speaking on the occasion, Lt. Gen. Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury said that the vision of the ACC is “to create a strong anticorruption culture that permeates throughout the whole society” and the Commission’s mission is “to relentlessly combat, control, suppress and prevent corruption.”

He said that the current drive against corruption was a campaign against corruption and that to make the campaign sustainable, corruption prevention committees have been established. These committees are composed of the people of the country who will carry forward the motivation of fighting and curbing corruption.

He shared the strategic plan of the ACC. The strategic plan includes three objectives: combating corruption through punitive action, pre-empt corruption through Systems Review and prevent Corruption through Education and Advocacy.

Mr. Sobhan said that corruption adds as much as 25% to the cost of doing business. He also commended ACC for its determined effort to curb corruption. He also cited examples of neighboring countries where independent bodies have been curbing corruption successfully. Mr. Sobhan underscored the role of media in raising awareness against corruption and commended its role for bringing into light the cases of corruption.

Among others, the roundtable discussion was attended by Ms. Renata Lok Dessallien, Resident Coordinator, United Nations in Bangladesh; Dr. Iftekhar-Uz-Zaman, Executive Director, Transparency International, Bangladesh; H E Einar H Jensen, Danish Ambassador; H E Douglas Foskett, Australian High Commissioner; Mr. M. A. Matin, Secretary, FICCI; Syed Jamaluddin, Secretary General, FBCCI; Ms. Nancy Langston, Resident Legal Advisor, US Embassy; Mr. Saiful Bari, Chief Advisor, ATN Bangla; and Ms. Shaila Khan, UNDP.

For further information, please contact Ms. Sherina Tabassum, Project Director and Communications Manager or Mr. Tanvir Ahmed, Research Assistant at BEI.

Posted Date : 4 March, 2012