October 15, 2015
A National Integrity Strategy Seminar on Good Practice was held on October 15, 2015 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Dhaka. Different Ministries, Departments, Bangladesh Bank and Anti-Corruption Commission made presentation on good practices of their respective organization for implementation of National Integrity Strategy(NIS). A Panel Discussion was also held on the "Role of the Civil Society in Supporting Good Practices in Public and Private sector". The seminar was organized under the NIS Support Project which is being implemented under the technical Cooperation project of JICA.
Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Advisor to Honourable Prime Minister for International Affairs was present on the occasion as Chief Guest while H.E. Mr. Masato Watanabe Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (tentative) of Japan and Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative JICA Bangladesh Office were present as Special Guests. Mr. Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Cabinet Secretary presided over the seminar.
Government of Bangladesh formulated its National Integrity Strategy (NIS) as a comprehensive good governance strategy to prevent corruption and improve national integrity in all sphere of life. The National Integrity Strategy has identified 10 State Institutions and 6 Non-state Institutions for implementation of its action plans for prevention of corruption and ensuring integrity.
JICA decided to support for the implementation of the NIS, since the strategy is crucial to realize good governance in Bangladesh. The NIS Support Project started in October 2014 aiming at establishing a framework for effective implementation of NIS. The framework is to enhance the capacity of the Cabinet Division to manage the implementation of NIS and the function of ACC to prevent corruption as well. The Overall Goal of the technical cooperation project is to increase the accountability of administrative institutions and to enhance corruption prevention functions of the ACC in the NIS framework. Collaborative actions between the Cabinet Division and the ACC are expected to create positive impacts in a more effective manner.
The project has successfully completed the groundwork such as formation of Ethics Committees, assignment of Integrity Focal Points, awareness building of corruption prevention among the Integrity Focal Points, formulation of NIS work plans by fifty-three institutions, drafting an NIS Road map, and formulation of NIS Monitoring Guidelines.
The project has established a framework for implementation of NIS. All state and non-state institutions, constitutional authorities sand statutory bodies concerned with the matter will have to make a concerted effort for prevention of corruption and promotion of integrity in the country.