Thursday, August 18, 2005

Cambodian PM reaffirms determination to combat corruption

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday reiterated that combating corruption, in all forms, is a firm commitment of the government.

The premier made the remarks at the seminar on Draft Law on Anti-Corruption.

"The effect of corruption that we should not overlook is the lost of public confidence in the government which is a cause to weaken national unity and impede economic development," Hun Sen said.

"Corruption undermines confidence in investment, obstructs sustainable development and thwarts poverty reduction program," hesaid, adding "In short, corruption is the key constrain in development and poverty reduction that is the fundamental policy of the current government."

At the same time, the premier acknowledged that the government had not obtained "expected result in fighting against corruption."

The Draft Law will be consulted and debated at the two-day seminar attended by about 200 national and international experts, law makers as well as experts from countries that have tremendous experience in combating corruption.

Aspects of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption andAnti-corruption Action Plan for Asia Pacific were included in the draft law.

In order to wipe off corruption, to bring justice to society, to achieve value of democracy and to promote law and judicial reform, the Cambodian government has exerted utmost efforts in creating laws to be approved, according to Hun Sen. Cambodia so far has 203 laws and plans to add some new laws in the future.

The Cambodian government vowed to approve the anti-corruption law this year. "To free society from corruption, I believe that weneed good laws and good governance both in public management and private business," the premier stressed. Enditem

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