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Statement by Chinese Delegation at the first meeting of Working Group on Corruption Prevention of UNCAC



 

Work of National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of China Regarding Corruption Prevention Technical Assistance

 

 statement by Chinese Delegation at

the first meeting of the Working Group on Corruption Prevention

(13-15,October, 2010)

 

1. The Chinese Government lays great emphasis on anticorruption and actively participates in international cooperation and assistance within the framework of United Nations Convention against Corruption

The Chinese government had participated in the seven rounds of negotiations, held between February 2002 and October 2003, for the drafting of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and officially signed the Convention in the High-level Political Signing Conference on December 10th 2003, in Merida, Mexico. On October 27th 2005, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China ratified UNCAC. On January 13th 2006, the Chinese government submitted to the UN Secretary-General the approval instrument and governmental declaration and China formally became a state party of UNCAC. Since then, the Chinese government has dutifully participated in the three sessions of the Conference of State Parties and related endeavors of intergovernmental working groups.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government is diligently fulfilling its commitment to UNCAC through concerted domestic efforts. An interdepartmental coordination body consisting of 24 governmental units was set up, through which key issues related to the implementation of UNCAC are addressed and departmental efforts coordinated. So far, certain tasks have been completed and others are witnessing significant progress. For example, in October 2006 the 10th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China passed The Anti-Money Laundering Law of PRC, a legislation enforced since January 1st, 2007. In September 2007, the Chinese government established the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of China (NBCP), in compliance with Article VI Chapter II of UNCAC that "each state party shall, in accordance with the fundamental principles of its legal system, ensure the existence of a body or bodies, as appropriate, that prevent corruption". As the central authority designated by the Chinese government to assist other State Parties in developing and implementing specific corruption prevention measures within the framework of UNCAC, NBCP fulfills its obligations to share best domestic practices with other countries, launch international cooperation and assistance, and promote domestic corruption prevention endeavors through learning from successful international experiences.

 

2. Having achieved a good start, the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of China is making positive progress in promoting international exchanges and cooperation in the field of corruption prevention

Ever since its establishment, NBCP has been vigorously participating in international exchanges and cooperation in the field of corruption prevention within the framework of UNCAC and has scored fruitful results in launching international cooperation and assistance on corruption prevention.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce of PRC, NBCP hosts the Corruption Prevention Workshop among Developing Countries for three consecutive years from the year 2008 to 2010. A total of 75 anticorruption officials from 23 Asian and African developing countries participate in the workshops and 21 topics thoroughly discussed. Participants to the workshops also pay on-site visit to 5 local provinces and municipalities of China including the city of Beijing, the city of Shanghai, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, and Fujian Province, through which first-hand experience of local anticorruption efforts and modern economic and social development is generated.

Besides the efforts to promote multi-lateral technical assistance, NBCP has also energetically engaged in bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the field of corruption prevention with other developing countries. So far it has received the visits paid by anticorruption organizations from 8 countries including Thailand, Pakistan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Nigeria, Jordan, Botswana, and Kenya. Meanwhile, delegations were formed by NBCP to pay on-site visit to Botswana, Japan, Korea and Mongolia and a memorandum of understanding was signed between NBCP and the Independent Authority against Corruption of Mongolia.

With these initiatives, NBCP not only introduces to the world the guiding principles, major measures and prominent achievements of its anticorruption endeavors, but also, through profound discussions and extensive dialogues on the implementation of corruption prevention measures as prescribed by UNCAC, share with other countries useful experiences and practices with regard to corruption prevention. The Corruption Prevention Workshop among Developing Countries stands as a good example, through which a platform is established for anticorruption officials from different countries to exchange views and hold discussions on topics of immediate and shared interest. Valuable ideas and recommendations have been generated, which not only provide useful reference for local anticorruption efforts but also promote the effective implementation of UNCAC. Through mutual exchanges and cooperation, NBCP also develops channels to communicate and connect with other national and international anticorruption agencies and organizations, laying solid foundation for practical cooperation. Within the allowance of its own capacity, the Chinese government sincerely devotes itself to the assistance of other developing countries in capacity building and performance improvement. Provided without any attached political conditions, such technical assistance wins China wide international recognition and warm applause from the large number of developing countries.

 

At present, the impact of global financial crisis has not fully abated yet, leaving severe challenges for global anticorruption fight. Against such background conditions, it becomes ever more crucial for countries to strengthen cooperation and face obstacles hand in hand. It is our common obligation to contribute to the recovery of global real economy and the establishment of a clean, fair and transparent environment. Adhering to the principle of "mutual respect, consultation on an equal footing, and emphasis on effects", the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of China will continue to develop its friendly relations with other national and international anticorruption agencies and organizations and provide assistance to other developing countries within its capacity. We are looking forward to more extensive exchanges and more enriched cooperation with other countries, which will surely contribute to the establishment of clean and efficient governance, the safeguarding of social fairness and justice, and the development of friendship with people from around the world.

 

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