Action to fight against corruption in Cambodian

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability –East Asia
and the Pacific Cambodia (ANSA)
22-23May, 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Present by SAN Chey, National Representative, ANSA
E-mail:[email protected]
The regional network promote and coordinate
the practice of Social Accountability
Implementing PETS, CRC, Social Audit
Coordinate the evidence based advocacy with
network member
Coordinate and lead the anti-corruption
campaign and monitoring in public service
delivery and natural resource management
Venue for debate on public procurement and
governance analysis and reform
Cambodia is constitutional monarchy,
Parliamentary representative democracy, the
king is the highest in power but independent
from politics. Current king is His Majesty
Samdech Preah Baromneath Norodom
Sihamoni (elected October 29, 2004).
Three separate powers of court, government
and legislature
TI ranks Cambodia in corruption 157/176
score 22/100
Anti-Corruption Law passes in April, 2010
Sub-decree of public procurement 2006 and
transformed as the Public Procurement Law in
early 2012
Implementing the Rectangle Strategy Phase 2
which states Anti-Corruption is the core of
Good Governance
Corruption stated in criminal code
Formation of Anti-Corruption Institution
In Cambodia
Fisheries source plays important role in
contribution to national food and nutrition
security, national economy and people’s
Fisheries product is estimated at 400,000500,000 tons/year worth $1.2-$1.6 Billion
Around 45% of total population work fulltime in fisheries and other related activities
Fishery Administration /MAFF planned the
bidding for fishing lot award 2011-2012 in
three province s of Prey Veng, Takeo and
Kompong Cham.
Protest accusing the chair of Bidding
Committee of taking bribery at 20,000 USD
The protest was made by the higher bidders
The protest reached Minister office and Prime
PM order the Minister of Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries to explain the
irregularities took place during the bidding
The scandal was first highlighted in a report
given by the Minister of Water Resource on
how the officials of MAFF fixed the process to
ensure the winning of the bid ( Favoritism).
One firm in Kompong Cham won the fishing
lot with 79,000$ despite another firm was
able to offer a higher bid 81,000$.
The Government discovered officials had
fixed the bidding process for companies
interested in operating fishing lots along the
Mekong River
PM decides to cancel the result of bidding in
seven fishing lots located in Takeo, Prey Veng
and Kompong Cham organized by MAFF
through an official statement
PM advised the next bidding should be under
the monitoring of ACU to ensure the
competitiveness in fishing lots award.
Government issues 2 sub-decrees to abolish
the fishing lots program nationwide
The administrative act, legal instrument plays
role more important than Anti-Corruption
Law against corruption offence
Absence of investigation by ACU
Absence of legal punishment to Fishery
officials by penal code related to bribery and
corruption while they may face favoritism
Corruption in fisheries is still occurring
Open to presence of monitoring by SCO
during the procurement process
Presence of ACU officials in a procurement
Punish the corruption case under the law
In crease awareness on complaint handling
over the corruption case
Specific monitoring by CSO and communities

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