Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed all government agencies to focus on their proactive operations against corruption and to improve their Integrity and Transparency Assessment (ITA).
Speaking after the Cabinet meeting on 9 February 2021, the Prime Minister stated that he had been informed about Thailand’s score in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020, announced by Transparency International.
To ensure greater transparency in the public sector in response to the anti-corruption recommendations, he has assigned relevant agencies to discuss with the people’s sector effective measures for enforcing the Licensing Facilitation Act B.E. 2558 (2015).
At the same time, the Prime Minister said, the ITA program carried out by various government agencies must be improved in an effort to increase Thailand’s score in the CPI. Public relations campaigns must also emphasize progress of anti-corruption operations, especially those concerning cases of public interest.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Civil Service Commission on 26 January 2021 submitted to the Cabinet a report on guidance to enhance the efficiency of promoting morality and fighting corruption among civil servants.
The report proposed that a Moral Promotion and Anti-Corruption Center be established at the department level. The center should be upgraded from the Ethics Protection Group and will be responsible for mobilizing anti-corruption efforts, as well as promoting morality and good governance.
Moreover, it has been suggested that each ministry and department appoint a Chief Ethics Officer as an executive to handle anti-corruption operations and supervise work on promoting morality and good governance.
The report also suggested that the name of the existing Anti-Corruption Operation Center at the ministerial level be changed to the Moral Promotion and Anti-Corruption Center at the ministerial level. Apart from promoting and protecting ethics, the mission of the center also involves the monitoring, prevention, and suppression of corruption.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department