THE G20 ACWG DISCUSSED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND ANTI-CORRUPTION EDUCATION

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Jakarta, 30 March 2022 – Second-day meeting of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) under Indonesian Presidency took place on Monday (3/29) from 04:00 to 09:00 PM local time. This meeting discussed, among others, public participation issue and anti-corruption education programs.

Concerning this issue, Indonesian Presidency will summarize best practices from the G20 member nations to be shared with and adopted by other nations in the efforts to eradicate corruption with public participation and anti- corruption education programs.

Discussion concerning this issue involved speakers from Indonesia, Argentina, France, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Indonesia’s speaker, Dian Novianthi, Director of KPK Anti-Corruption Education and Training, mentioned that education has proven to be consistently creating positive impact on public active participation in eradicating Corruption.

“Collaboration between the government and members of the community contribute to the effectiveness of greater anti-corruption measures. For instance, community empowerment through proper information to enable them to monitor public services where corruption results in high social costs,” stated Dian.

Dian also explained that other than involving the community through information technology utilization, improvements in the system and education curriculum that is oriented on values of integrity and youth empowerment are also essential. This will enable community to effectively contribute to anti-corruption measures.

It will certainly be an important history of G20 ACWG meeting if a compendium of best practices from G20 member nations concerning public participation and anti-corruption education program is successfully completed under Indonesian Presidency. This compendium will also be beneficial for non G20 nations.

As an enrichment to global anti-corruption measures, this second-day meeting also invited some international organizations and asked them to present their latest measures to eradicate Corruption. These organization include UNODC, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and the Interpol.

Lulua Asaad, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer at UNODC, shared inspirational stories from community groups of The Grace Initiative, Global Resource for Anti-Corruption Education and Youth Empowerment.

Lulua elaborated that The Grace Initiative actively working together with many formal institutions in order to improve the capacity of primary, secondary, and tertiary education institutions to teach values of anti-corruption, integrity, and ethics. They also encourage participation from young people as agents of change who can prevent corruption through social innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship with the mission of creating anti-corruption culture among kids and teenagers by transforming education and partnership.

Representatives from international organizations also reiterated their support for upcoming results of G20 ACWG meetings.

Next, third-day meeting of G20 ACWG on Wednesday (3/30) will discuss issues of eradicating corruption in the renewable energy sector. This meeting will also discuss supervisory and regulatory framework of legal professionals who deal with money laundering from corruption.

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