Premier: Upcoming international review of anti-corruption report a major milestone

  • Date: 2018-03-12
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Premier Lai Ching-te on Monday convened the 20th meeting of the Central Integrity Committee to discuss a Ministry of Justice (MOJ) review of Taiwan’s first country report under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The premier said that in order to further integrate with global society, the nation passed legislation in 2016 to implement the UNCAC domestically, and will welcome international experts to Taiwan this August to review the report.

The UNCAC country report is the result of exhaustive audits and concrete discussions and review at ministries and agencies throughout the government, and stands as a major milestone in Taiwan’s anti-corruption efforts. The report details to all—both at home and abroad—the current state of UNCAC implementation in Taiwan.

Seeking to meet the earnest hopes of the general public for clean government, President Tsai Ing-wen’s government has already taken vigorous action on many fronts, including amending the Money Laundering Control Act to strengthen Taiwan’s checks on money laundering. Premier Lai said that the government also revised the Company Act and sent two new bills to the Legislature aimed at thwarting illicit financial transactions, one regulating incorporated foundations and the other providing for mutual legal assistance in cases of international crime. The revisions and new legislation will bring added transparency to corporate governance, create a more sensible legal environment for incorporated foundations to operate in, and strengthen Taiwan’s ability to seek and provide aid in international criminal cases.

Following a MOJ briefing on the current state and analysis of clean government in Taiwan, Premier Lai pointed out that the nation ranked 29th in Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index, up two notches from 2016. The score is also the highest ranking achieved in the past 10 years and demonstrates that Taiwan’s efforts have earned the approval of the international community.