Northern inspection officials learn best practices on countering corruption

The State Inspection Authority together with the Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance (ILSTA) conducted a workshop sharing international best practices on countering corruption. The workshop running from 20-22 September in Luang Prabang is supported by the Government of Luxembourg and brought together 55 inspection officials from the Northern provinces of Luang Prabang, Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Phongsaly, Oudomxay, Huaphanh, Xiengkhuan, and Sayyabouly as well as officials from the central level in Vientiane.

The main objective of the workshop is to ensure a better understanding among inspection officials about the legal framework, best practices and international experiences in tackling corruption.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Mr. Vilayvanh Bouthdakham, Vice President of the State Inspection Authority said, “Corruption has been so far a significant controversial issue in our society and caused a huge impact on the stability of our society and economy. Therefore the Laos government is working hard to make full use of existing legislation while ensuring that all offenders are strictly penalized. To reach such target, all inspection officials should understand all legal and technical instruments made available for them.”

During the three-day training, participants learned about existing legislation on prevention and anti-corruption works, both at domestic, regional and international levels. Ways to implement the strategic plan on the prevention of corruption up until 2020 were also discussed and international experiences on ways to combat corruption were shared by the ILSTA expert. The training included both theoretical and practical elements to help participants put the plan into action.

This first event is among a series of trainings for inspection officials nationwide. The next workshop will be held for inspection officials in the southern and central provinces respectively.

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