Forum publishes recommendations to boost regional cooperation on corruption

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Commission for the Eradication of Corruption (KPK) has said that the Southeast Asia regional anti-corruption forum has succeeded in formulating recommendations to strengthen regional cooperation in the fight against corruption. against corruption.

“Cross-jurisdictional cooperation in investigation and prosecution is one of the main principles proposed (at the forum), which KPK successfully proved earlier,” KPK Information Department Chief Ali Fikri said in a statement. a statement released Thursday.

The Anti-Corruption Commission previously participated in the “Regional Anti-Corruption Conference for Law Enforcement Professionals in Southeast Asia”, which took place in a hybrid format in Bangkok, Thailand, from August 29-31, 2022, he said.

A recommendation on anti-corruption measures for law enforcement professionals in Southeast Asia was finalized on the last day of the forum, the official noted.

“The document recommended the government and relevant authorities of Southeast Asian countries to take initiatives on anti-corruption measures,” Fikri said.

He pointed out that the forum recommended strengthening regional and international cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of corruption across jurisdictions.

“The forum recommended the strengthening of cooperation between financial intelligence agencies and on the prosecution of regional corruption cases, the strengthening of the effectiveness of mutual legal assistance and other forms of international cooperation”, informed the head of the KPK department.

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Follow-up actions to probe the link between corruption cases and other criminal cases and improve the legal and institutional basis for asset recovery were also among the recommendations made by the forum, he added.

“The regional forum also recommended certain points on the prevention of money laundering and the transfer of proceeds of crime, the improvement of international cooperation for the recovery of assets, as well as for the confiscation of assets and its management”, informed Fikri.

During the event, KPK Chairperson Firli Bahuri was the speaker for High Level Panel 1 whose topic of discussion was Corruption Eradication Challenges and Practices in Southeast Asia .

The anti-corruption agency also shared experiences and successes in efforts to recover assets from corruption and money laundering through cooperation between national governments and law enforcement institutions. .

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