PM Hun Sen's Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Seminar on the Draft Law on Anti-Corruption
in Cambodia and International Standards--Edited comments
17-18 August 2005
Today, it is my great pleasure and honor to join you all ... in the opening of the
seminar on the Draft Law on Anti-Corruption ...
Taking this opportunity, I would like to highly appreciate the great efforts of the
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Inspection in preparing this draft law on anti-corruption
1. From now on the public will be aware that the draft law on anti-corruption that
the Royal Government of Cambodia has solemnly committed to create is now being formed.
2. This earnest and important seminar today, joined by national and international
experts, law makers as well as experts from countries that have tremendous experiences
in combating corruption, will provide this draft law with comprehensiveness and transparency.
3. It is clear that straightforward comments and ideas emerged from this seminar
will provide encouragement and support to the Royal Government's commitment in having
an accurate and good law on anti-corruption.
We are all clearly aware that corruption is the factor that entices individuals to
act in opposite of their duties by using promises and bribes. Corrupt activities
can be compared to illegal collection of fees from the people. Moreover, corrupt
activities are complicit between individuals in carrying out malicious and illegal
actions. For this reason, many countries have identified these kinds of activities
as illegal and classified them as crimes ...
Talking about destructive capability of corruption, we all are aware that corruption
in different levels - small, medium or large scale - always has a negative impact
on society. Corruption affects efficiency in production as well as implementing law.
Without virtue in their conduct, some individuals and public servants involve in
activities that are against their duties. ... With the above mentioned reasons, it
is not difficult for us to see the importance to combat against corruption which
leads to the success of economic development of our country. ...
First - Experiences in economic management in our days have shown evidences reflecting
clearly reactive impact of governance on national economy. In many cases, corruption
is the main cause of revenue lost, quality of investment, public services, public
confidence in government actions and losses of investment inflows....
Second - A lot of studies confirm the strong relation between the successful combating
of corruption and economic growth....
Third - Globalization needs good governance. The free flow of capital and economic
and trade liberalization require clear rule of law and a serious and responsible
government to work in the transparent, accountable and reliable way. ...
Fourth - Another important factor requiring special attention, especially on combating
against corruption, is foreign aid. ...
Obviously, we haven't obtained the expected results in fighting against corruption
since we do not have strong basis to effectively fight with corruption. ...
At present, we are talking about fighting against corruption. ... To free the society
from corruption, I believe that we should have enough good quality of law and good
governance in public management and private business.
As a result, the core of Rectangular Strategy of the Royal Government is Good Governance
which focuses on (i) combating corruption, (ii) law and judicial reforms, (iii) public
administrative reform, and (iv) military reform. In the core of the Rectangular Strategy,
fighting against corruption is an inter-related factor and necessary to forge a common
strategy toward development entailing Good Governance. ...
Within this framework, public administrative reform, in direct terms is mainly about
establishing good governance in public administration. This reform is an effort to
enhance public services within our means to ensure sustainability of public service
provision and continuity of government institutions. Public administration reform
requires government to provide an improved service to population by ethical and professional
civil servants. These require an increase of civil servant salaries, development
of human resource capacity and institutions as well as promoting application of information
technology. Without doubt, legal and judicial and public administrative reforms are
the reforms that vigorously contribute to combat against corruption, in particular
the public administrative reform aiming at reducing corruption, red tape and gradual
prevention of rent seeking behavior. In this sense, I would like to appeal to all
people, national and international, to actively support these reforms.
On behalf of the Royal Government and on myself, I have declared to combat against
corruption in my addresses. Once again, I would like to emphasize that combating
corruption, in all forms, is a firm commitment of the Royal Government of Cambodia....
Finally, I would like to wish this seminar to have fruitful outcomes during discussion
to contribute in comprehensive formulation of Anti-Corruption Law ...