Southern inspection officials sharpen their anti-corruption skills

Some 50 inspection officials from 5 southern provinces of Savannakhet, Champsack, Salavane, Sekong and Attapeu took part in a three-day workshop on countering corruption in Champsack Province, which was jointly organised by State Inspection Authority and Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance ILSTA and is supported by the Government of Luxembourg.

The main objective of the workshop is to ensure a better understanding about the legal framework, best practices and international experiences in tackling corruption and to improve knowledge and skill on countering corruption for inspection officials.

Speaking at the opening of the workshop Mr Vankham Xayvongsack representing State Inspection Authority said, “Corruption continues to cause significant damages to the rights and legal interests of citizens, organizations and the state, facing such challenge the Party and government see the importance of prevention and countering corruption and have come up with appropriate measures outlining in the 10th Party Congress’s Resolution, national strategy on anticorruption till 2020 as well as other legislations in order to tackle corruption at all levels and in very state agencies.”

ILSTA expert Mr Erik Haggqvist said, “Research has demonstrated that countries with a high level of corruption not only deter legitimate foreign investment, but attract organised crime seeking soft targets and an easy means of laundering their dirty money. Therefore, it is essential in our globalized world to increase efforts to stamp out corruption at all levels.”

Last week, some 55 inspection officials from eight northern provinces also received similar training on countering corruption and the event will be organised in Vientiane for inspection officials of central provinces.

“Once inspection officials received sufficient knowledge and have a better understanding of their works, I am convinced that they would be able to exercise effectively their duties in stricter law enforcement in order to bring offenders for punishment,” added Mr Vankham Xayvongsack.

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.


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