The theme of the regional conference for this year was “Crisis, Stimulus & Integrity”. Organised by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, it was attended by about 250 delegates including those from leading businesses and institutions, as well as those from government, academia and public sector.
The conference focused on looking at the challenges facing the public and private sectors in Asia in the areas of governance and corruption prevention.
Preceding the public conference was a closed-door roundtable discussion, whereby 60 regional discussants from the institutions, government, academia and private sectors discussed and shared information on the best current practices and examples of corruption prevention in the ASEAN region.
“The crisis makes us focus on the need for growth and so much public funds are being spent on infrastructure and generating domestic demand,” said Simon Tay, chairman of SIIA.
“Yet, these stimulus expenditures need to be managed with good governance and integrity. There is a need to reemphasize the commitment to good governance and anti-corruption. “
Therefore, SIIA is taking the lead to initiate a discussion and public outreach conference on these urgent issues in ASEAN, not just with governments and experts but also with the private sector.” - Malaysian Mirror