Governments around the globe seek to curb corruption to counter its negative effects on political stability, welfare, economic development, and international trade and investment. Governments in Asia-Pacific have resolved to cooperate in the fight against corruption as early as 1999, when they launched the Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific under the joint leadership of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The Initiative's 31 member economies in the Asia-Pacific region have committed to action against corruption: they have jointly developed the Anti-Corruption Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific and work together towards its implementation. The Action Plan sets out the goals and standards for sustainable safeguards against corruption in the economic, political and social spheres of the countries in the region. The Initiative supports the member governments' efforts through three mechanisms:
- Fostering policy dialogue through Steering Group Meetings and Conferences
- Policy analysis, including thematic reviews and stocktaking
- Regional Seminars
The proactive participation of Mongolia to this important international instrument began when Ambassador of Mongolia to Japan expressed wish of the Government Mongolia to endorse the Anti-Corruption Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific in 30 November 2001.
Since then the delegates of IAAC actively participated in Regional Seminars organized by the Anti-Corruption Initiative which were important platform for exchanging good practices. IAAC used this platform fairly well as we constantly aim to use the findings of the Seminars in practice to raise the outcome of anti-corruption actions. For example, IAAC introduced module programmes in its educational and training activities owing to experience of international counterparts. In turn, IAAC also share our experience with the international colleagues such as Youth Campaign “Fair Society” and Assessment Methodology for anti-corruption action plans of public organizations.
In 2014, with a view to attract interests and cooperation of civil society, general public and public organizations in fighting corruption, IAAC expressed its wish to host the Anti-Corruption Initiative’s Steering Group Meeting and Regional Seminar for 2015. Our request was subsequently accepted by both Asian Development Bank and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Currently, IAAC in cooperation with Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of Mongolia commenced its preparation to host this prestigious international event to be held from 18 to 20 November 2015. IAAC believes Mongolia’s overall effort towards anti-corruption activities as a nation will benefit greatly from those events.