Pramon Sutheewong, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand, a network of anti-graft groups, has recently commended moves made by the government to fight corruption.
At the national level, the government has changed electronic bidding processes to make bidding more transparent, facilitated greater coordination between anti-corruption agencies and the private sector and supported initiatives and ethical pacts for private firms in the construction sector which is crucial to infrastructure development. Moreover, about 100 bureaucrats based on a list prepared by the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission have been suspended or transferred pending investigations into corruption allegations. Several who were suspended were the highest-ranking bureaucrats at several ministries.
Pramon said these measures have brought improvements in the level of corruption relating to the central government’s activities. However, there remains work to be done at the provincial level particularly with respect to procurement by local authorities.
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