May 29, 2016
Honorable Chief Guest, Begum Matia Choudhury, MP, Minister for Agriculture,
Mr. Iqbal Mahmood, Chairman, Anti-corruption Commission (ACC),
Mr. Md. Shafiul Alam, Cabinet Secretary,
Distinguished guests, dear participants, ladies and gentlemen,
Assalamualaikum, Namaskar and very good morning.
It is indeed a great pleasure for me to attend this professional workshop on Business Process Re-engineering for Corruption-free Service Delivery organized by ACC in collaboration with the Cabinet Division and JICA. It is really encouraging to see these top executives all together joining with us, which shows absolute commitment of the Government of Bangladesh to fight against corruption.
Indeed, the Government of Bangladesh has given special priority on implementation of the National Integrity Strategy (NIS) in its 7th Five Year Plan and expressed its firm commitment to reform of public service so that it could respond to the ever-increasing demand from the general public for quality, timely and client-friendly public-service delivery.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We at JICA recognize NIS as a comprehensive good-governance strategy to prevent corruption and promote integrity in public functionaries as well as in the society as a whole. Therefore, right after the cabinet approval of NIS in October 2012, we began to discuss with the Cabinet Division how we can collaborate to get NIS properly implemented, and then "NIS Support Project" commenced in October 2014.
The project has so far successfully completed the groundwork such as awareness building of corruption prevention among Integrity Focal Points, formulation of NIS work plans by almost all ministries and institutions concerned, drafting a NIS Road Map and continuous monitoring on the overall implementation of NIS.
The NIS Support Project recognizes strengthening corruption-preventive capacity of ACC as one of the three major outputs of the project. And this is the second workshop for Integrity Focal Points on prevention of corruption, which aims to deepen understanding on the newly introduced management system for reducing opportunities and incentives for corruption and to define roles of various stakeholders including Integrity Focal Points in that system. I believe this workshop not only brings opportunities for ACC to expand its network with Integrity Focal Points but also adds new dimensions for prevention of corruption by exploring how best the precious services of the focal points can be utilized.
I firmly believe that once public servants take the initiative for greater integrity, it will extend a ripple effect on all strata of the society. Thus, the collaborative efforts of the Cabinet Division, ACC and all ministries should be further strengthened to make each and every public servant aware of NIS and ACC's preventive measures against corruption. All participants here today are seriously expected to play a vital role in producing transformational results in the front line of each organization.
Finally, witnessing collaborative efforts among stakeholders, I sincerely hope the Cabinet Division and ACC together with all ministries will successfully realize the vision of NIS, that is "A happy and prosperous Golden Bengal" or "Sonar Bangla."
Apnader Shabaike Dhannabad. Thank you very much.