From 26 to 28 March 2013, over fifty experts from the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand (NACC) participated in a tailor-made training on the issue of Anti-Corruption and Governance, which took place on the Academy’s campus in Laxenburg.
The variety of perspectives from which the phenomenon of corruption was analyzed throughout this three-day programme did justice to the complexity of it. Lecturers included IACA’s Dean, Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Senior Academic Programme Advisor Suzanne Hayden, the former Chairman of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), Drago Kos, and the Austrian Public Prosecutor for Combatting Economic Crimes and Corruption, Andreas Pollak.
Commissioner Vicha Mahakun of NACC in his address stressed the importance of close international cooperation in anti-corruption affairs and thanked IACA for the workshop and the substantive exchange of knowledge. While Drago Kos presented a case study illustrating classical corruption practices, Suzanne Hayden spoke of codes for ethical conduct in the public sector and Andreas Pollak, gave insight into the work of a public prosecutor and the challenges encountered. Furthermore, two representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) were invited to the Academy to discuss aspects of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) with the Thai experts. The training programme was complemented by visits to the United Nations Office in Vienna, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Austrian Bureau of Anti-Corruption.