Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha stated that the Royal Thai Government has long acknowledged the importance of combating corruption and promoting integrity in its public administration.
The statement was part of his keynote address delivered on 23 March 2021 at the virtual 2021 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum.
The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) comprises 37 member countries that discuss and develop economic and social policy. The Prime Minister of Thailand was among the government and business leaders invited to deliver keynote addresses at the forum this year.
In his address, the Prime Minister said that Thailand is the first Asia-Pacific country to conduct a comprehensive self-assessment on public-sector integrity in accordance with the OECD’s framework. The OECD’s recommendations have been incorporated into Thailand’s National Reform Plan on the Prevention and Suppression of Corruption and Misconduct.
In addition, he said, Thailand has strengthened the implementation of the OECD’s recommendations by improving its public-sector integrity and transparency assessment, adhering to the principle of good governance in public administration, promoting transparency and proper performance of duties, and reducing the use of administration discretionary powers.
The Thai government has also promoted an open and digitally connected government and public participation in monitoring, disclosing information, and reporting to prevent bribery and corruption.
The Prime Minister said that, in April 2021, the Thai government and the OECD would jointly launch the OECD Integrity Review of Thailand Phase 2. He hopes that Thailand’s anti-corruption efforts can be an example for other countries in the region and beyond.
He also thanked the OECD for the continued cooperation under the OECD – Thailand Country Program.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department