It has been suggested that all ministries instruct their anti-corruption operation centers to develop the Integrity and Transparency Assessment (ITA) process for greater efficiency in curbing corruption.The suggestion is included in a set of recommendations to be reported to the Cabinet by the NACC. The report features results of ITA, analyzed by NACC in the operations of government agencies for the 2019 fiscal year.According to the report, results of ITA have been adopted by various state agencies in their anti-corruption drive, and the ITA program has also been improved in response to the demands of the people, especially in the policy of promoting transparency and "open government.”NACC suggested that state media organizations publicize ITA in order to raise anti-corruption awareness among both officials and the general public across the country and encourage them to play a greater role in the assessment. Their participation will help the results of ITA to better reflect the operations of relevant government organizations.NACC expects that about two million officials and members of the public will take part in ITA in the 2020 fiscal year. The public may join this program through answering questionnaires on the website itas.nacc.go.th between June and July 2020.Their participation in reflecting the transparency of state agencies will help make the ITA more effective in the fight against corruption for the maximum benefit of the Thai people.In the 2020 fiscal year, a total of 8,304 government organizations nationwide have joined the ITA program, which is part of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy – Phase 3 (2017-2021) and is intended to mitigate the risk of corruption and misconduct in the public sector in Thailand.
กลับมาอีกครั้งกับงานประกาศผลการประเมิน ITA และเวทีสนทนาที่รวบรวม speaker จากหลายภาคส่วนที่จะมาร่วมกันแบ่งปันไอเดียและส่งต่อแรงบันดาลใจในการพัฒนาธรรมาภิบาลของหน่วยงานภาครัฐ เพื่ออุดช่องว่างของการทุจริตประพฤติมิชอบและเพื่อพัฒนาบริการสาธารณะให้ดียิ่งขึ้นรับชมย้อนหลังได้ที่https://www.youtube.com/c/ITAnacc/featuredสอบถามข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับงาน ITA DAY 2020: Talks and Result Announcement และการประเมิน ITA ได้ที่สำนักประเมินคุณธรรมและความโปร่งใส สำนักงาน ป.ป.ช. ทาง Line Official Account พิมพ์ค้นหา Line ID: @itas#ITADAY2020
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) recently summarized the results of the Integrity and Transparency Assessment against corruption in the operations of state agencies for the 2019 fiscal year.NACC Secretary-General Warawit Sukboon, who is also the NACC Spokesperson, stated that, with the results of the assessment, NACC would submit its suggestions on anti-corruption efforts in the public sector to the Cabinet.In 2018, the Cabinet approved the proposal by NACC for all agencies in the public sector to cooperate with the NACC in joining its Integrity and Transparency Assessment for the fiscal years 2018-2021.Later in January 2019, the Cabinet told NACC to urge various state agencies to conduct the Integrity and Transparency Assessment program and monitor their operations in doing so.According to Mr. Warawit, the year 2019 was the first year that NACC adopted the ITA System (ITAS) to collect information for the Integrity and Transparency Assessment program. The system has enabled NACC to handle information management with greater efficiency.As a result, a total of 8,299 state agencies joined the assessment. Most of them are local administrative organizations, as well as ministries and departments. More than one million people across the country also took part in the program to reflect their awareness of the integrity and transparency of state organizations in Thailand.Over the past year, the 8,299 state agencies have updated and disclosed their information under the same standards. Many of them have also offered e-service for greater transparency, in response to the demands of the people.In the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), people are found to be able to have greater access to state information and services through the information technology system on a continual basis.
The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MCOT Public Company for their cooperation in mobilizing efforts against corruption and raising public awareness of the damaging effects of corruption on society.The MOU was signed on 3 July 2020 by NACC Secretary-General Warawit Sukboon and President of MCOT Public Company Kematat Paladesh.The objective is to prevent and suppress corruption and malfeasance, in accordance with the Master Plan under the 20-year National Strategy (2017-2036). The master plan is designed to create an anti-corruption culture and mechanisms that are effective in fighting corruption.The anti-corruption drive is also in line with the Cabinet resolution on 16 June 2020, when state media organizations were instructed to raise awareness on the Integrity and Transparency Assessment (ITA) among members of the public and state officials across the country, so that they would take part in the ITA process. Their participation will help develop public services for greater efficiency and the performance of officials for greater transparency.Moreover, the MOU also aims to promote the operations of MCOT as an integrity and transparency organization, which plays an important role in tackling corruption on a sustainable basis.Both NACC and MCOT hoped that their anti-corruption cooperation would encourage state officials and the people nationwide to join hands in fighting corruption and misconduct, as well as promoting integrity and transparency. In so doing, the general public will be provided with better government services, in accordance with the goal set in the National Strategy.
Mr. Kematat Paladesh, President, MCOT Public Company Limited, and Mr. Warawit Sukboon, Secretary-General, National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), recently signed “The Memorandum of Anti-Corruption Drive Cooperation Between MCOT and NACC”, at a meeting in room 601, Administration Building 1, MCOT Public Company Limited, Bangkok.The objective of the agreement is to propel the prevention and suppression of corruption in accordance with the national strategy master plan for anti-corruption and misconduct issues, and encourage operations under the Cabinet Resolution of 16 June 2020 to have public relations of state agencies raise awareness of Integrity and Transparency Assessment (ITA). This aims to promote acknowledgement by the general public and public officers across the country of their roles in operational and service development processes for further effectiveness and transparency, and promote MCOT as a moral and transparent organisation tasked with leading the joint fight against corruption in a sustainable way.Read more:https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/pr/1950624/nacc-and-mcot-move-forward-the-fight-against-corruption-and-building-of-public-awareness
The ITA is a tool developed by the integration of Thai and South Korean governmental body assessments, first conceived in 2014. It is designed to be a creative force in improving the Thai bureaucratic system, rather than being a fault finding machine.Aiming to put forward the current status and issues of morality and transparency in government agencies’ operations, the ITA serves as an annual examination that helps to improve the organisations’ performance in the next fiscal year and enables them to provide more efficient services to the general public.Developed by the NACC from various operating standards, the ITA not only prevents corruption but is also a tool for driving government policies, national strategies, relevant law implementation, and good governance. Therefore, this appraisal is considered the most holistic and comprehensive tool in regard to governance management extending to the most government agencies. With participation from both the public and government officials, the ITA will overall benefit the three main parties of society, the people, government officials, and the country.On this occasion, the NACC would like to invite all Thai people and fellow civil servants to altogether strengthen morality and transparency of Thai government agencies by answering online surveys via itas.nacc.go.th or ITAS mobile application. All answers will remain confidential. The assessment period is from 1 June - 31 July 2020. Collected data will help reflect the transparency of the Thai government and improve each department’s operations for the benefit of the Thai people.Read more:https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/pr/1939072/nacc-invites-thais-to-assess-national-transparency-in-the-2020-ita-assessment
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has called on state officials and the general public to take part in the Integrity and Transparency Assessment (ITA) program to curb corruption in the public sector.The Prime Minister said that the corruption problem has affected public administration, economic development, trade, and investment, as well as the favorable image of the country. The Government has included the fight against corruption in Thailand’s national agenda, so that serious efforts would be made to ease the problem and everyone would be aware of the dangers of corruption.Thailand intends to raise its score in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Each year, Transparency International conducts a survey on the CPI. In the CPI 2020, Thailand ranked 104th among 180 countries.Determined to fight corruption seriously, the Prime Minister said that the Government has joined hands with the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in mobilizing the 20-year National Strategy on Public Sector Rebalancing and Development, aimed at reforming the public sector based on the concept of "a public sector of the people, for the people and the public interest.” The objective is to create a transparent public sector, free from corruption and malfeasance, with good governance.Toward this aim, he said, the Government has instructed all agencies in the public sector to implement ITA, which was developed by NACC. In this regard, officials and the public were invited to participate in the efforts to upgrade Thailand’s transparency.They were also urged to help improve public systems by evaluating their contacts or received services dealing with government agencies and recording them via http://itas.nacc.go.th from 1 April to 31 May 2021, for the ITA 2021.Source:https://thailand.prd.go.th/ewt_news.php?nid=11238filename=indexfbclid=IwAR3qNuCcLtGF-wlyrAqpl1lpKYMhVwPdRGlCSPLAYoaIz_Ax2eiTvsfgJbA
Following international practice, the NACC has formulated the ITA in the hope of creating a safeguard against corruption in government agencies as a whole, rather than having to deal with corruption on an individual/smaller scale. This resembles, in a sense, a mandatory annual health check-up for government agencies, demonstrating the NACC’s objective of unravelling the operational issues within each organisation, to more easily enable governance, in accordance with Thailand Digital Government Vision 2021, which will enhance the newly evaluated agencies’ capacity for operating and servicing.
That is to say, ITA is not just an assessment, but an instrument by which each agency can strengthen its own operational integrity, better display transparency, and more efficiently serve the public. Without the corruption-breeding loopholes engendering inefficiency and unfairness of Thai public administration and narrowing of Thai public services, the country would stand a better chance of dodging corruption damage.
Read more: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/pr/2056635/integrity-and-transparency-assessment