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Taiwan hosts meeting on anti-corruption efforts

2018/08/21 19:34:42

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁, second right)

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) A four-day session of the international review on Taiwan's compliance with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) kicked off in Taipei Tuesday, with Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) saying that Taiwan will continue its efforts to combat corruption.

Although Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, as a member of the international community, it is important for the country to pursue clean governance under the doctrine of the UNCAC, Chen said in his opening speech.

"Taiwan is willing to work with the international community to prevent and combat corruption," he said, stressing that government transparency also has a direct impact on foreign investment confidence.

As such, Taiwan will work to enhance participation in issues related to government policies, including the implementation of various anti-corruption measures, in the hope of improving the country's transparency and creating a cleaner investment environment, Chen said.

José Ugaz, a former chairman of Transparency International (TI) who was also present at the event, said he hopes to see Taiwan's government strengthen its anti-corruption practices and improve upon the suggestions offered by various international experts.

In March, the country published its first national report on the implementation of the UNCAC after the Legislative Yuan enacted the Implementation Act of UNCAC in 2015.

The event, which is being held at the Civil Service Development Institute in Taipei, has also invited several other international anti-corruption experts to share their opinions and offer suggestions for improvements in the government's efforts to combat corruption.

(By Hsiao Po-wen and Ko Lin)