Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held a workshop titled “Risk Assessment in Public Procurement” in the commission’s office building in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Present at the discussion were Anti-Corruption Chair U Aung Kyi, Commission Secretary U San Win and commission members, and UNODC experts Mr. Constantine Miltchev Palicarsky and Ms. Cornelia Anna Kortl.
In his opening speech, U Aung Kyi said public procurement takes up a huge share of public expenditures and is the most corruption-prone area as department heads can have close relations with business owners. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2013 report, 20 to 25 per cent of funds spent on public procurement were lost due to corruption in countries around the world, said U Aung Kyi. He added that losses caused by corruption in Myanmar may exceed this average percentage.
Preventing losses of public funds triggered by violations of rules and regulations will soon become a duty of the Anti-Corruption Commission, said U Aung Kyi. He said the commission held this workshop with the assistance of the UNODC to provide the necessary technical assistance. However, the commission alone is unable to implement such an important task without honesty and responsibility from government officials, who lead the public procurement. The discussions held in the workshop about monitoring, analysing and providing technical assistance for investigation will amount to reducing and preventing possible corrupt practices in the public procurement processes, he added.
Mr. Constantine Miltchev Palicarsky from the UNODC then delivered an opening speech and the workshop began.
The UNODC experts explained methods to assess the risks of corruption in the public procurement process. The workshop participants included six commission members and 25 government officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission. The last day of the workshop will be held today.