The 2 days orientation workshop on UNCAC Gap analysis concluded today in Thimphu. The objective of the orientation workshop was to orient the core team consisting of members from various agencies to champion in the fight against corruption namely the Anti Corruption Commission, the Attorney General’s Office, the Royal Monetary Authority, financial institutions like the Bank of Bhutan, the Bhutan National Bank, the Royal Bhutan Police and the National Environment Commission. The core team comprises mostly lawyers from these agencies and with some other participants for workshop. The core team will now in the next several weeks work at the Anti Corruption Commission premises on identifying and doing a gap analysis of our own anti corruption and related laws. This report would become the input for the ACA amendment bill which will then be submitted to the Good Governance Committee of the National Council. Using UNCAC as a reference our own laws could be amended keeping in mind our own needs and context.
The workshop was faciliated by Mr.Manzoor Hasan, Director at the Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University, Dhaka from Bangladesh. Mr. Hasan was the founding Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh (1996 to 2003) and has also been the recipient of the award of the Officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his work on transparency.