Thailand Has Made Progress in Elevating Its Anti-Corruption and Integrity Standards

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara stated that, despite ongoing challenges, Thailand has made progress in elevating its standards and enhancing the regulatory framework concerning anti-corruption and public integrity.

The statement was part of his opening remarks made via a pre-recorded video at the 2024 Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum, held by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on 26-27 March 2024 in Paris.

This year was the first time that the OECD invited a minister-level representative from Thailand to speak at this meeting, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This demonstrated the recognition of Thailand’s role in promoting anti-corruption efforts and integrity, as well as greater international cooperation in these fields.

In his remarks, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted Thailand’s vision and policy of opening for business and creating a better business climate through good governance, transparency, and public integrity. Thailand wanted to strengthen its position as a trustworthy and responsible business partner in the international supply chain.

At the domestic level, he said, Thailand has taken steps to ensure effective implementation of the relevant domestic laws, such as developing guidelines on appropriate anti-bribery compliance measures, setting up the Anti-Bribery Advisory Service, and organizing workshops and seminars for business sectors across the country, as well as promoting the anti-bribery culture in businesses through various platforms.

At the global level, Thailand wishes to fulfill its commitments under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). “We have put our efforts into developing our legislation to meet international standards and encourage information exchange among practitioners,” he said.

Corruption and money laundering are cross-border issues that need more collaboration among the public and private sectors and civil society. In this regard, Thailand urged all parties to cooperate in using technology to improve the inspection of the procurement process and ensuring that the enforcement of the law on beneficial ownership information in all countries would be more effective.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated that combating corruption and reinforcing good governance would remain among the top agendas in Thailand’s engagement with the OECD. The cooperation with the OECD will help Thailand improve relevant standards and prepare for the country’s future adherence to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

 


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