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Seminar on Anti-Corruption: Officials from the GoIRA Participated in a Seminar in Singapore on the Anti-Corruption Experiences of Singapore and Japan
(Press Release, 6 August 2011)

Seminar on Anti-Corruption:Officials from the GoIRA Participated in a Seminar in Singapore on the Anti-Corruption Experiences of Singapore and Japan

A group of 18 senior government officials from various regulatory and oversight institutions in Afghanistan attended a customized seminar on anti-corruption in Singapore from 18 to 22 July 2011. Organized under the Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century (JSPP21), this training programme is Singapore's and Japan's first collaboration in providing joint technical assistance to Afghanistan in the area of public governance and anti-corruption.

This inaugural collaboration was announced by then Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada at the International Conference on Afghanistan in Kabul on 20 July 2010. This year the seminar was attended by officials from the IARCSC, the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior, High Office of Oversight, Office of Attorney General, Ministry of Rural and Rehabilitation and Office of Auditor General.
Conducted by the Singapore Civil Service College, the one-week seminar aimed to share with the senior Afghan policymakers Japan and Singapore’s experiences and lessons-learned in the field of good governance and managing corruption, which are current key priority areas for the Afghan Government. It also included site visits to Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and Supreme Court. 

Two Japanese professors from Japan's Meiji University shared on the evolution of the Japanese system of government and its experience in managing corruption.

The JSPP21 is a framework of collaboration between the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), under which both countries provide joint technical assistance to developing countries. 

The GoIRA has received technical assistance from Singapore under the SCP since 2002, when Singapore pledged a technical assistance package (worth S$1.2 million) at the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan in Tokyo. In addition to the JSPP21 and bilateral training programmes, Singapore has also jointly organized human resource capacity building programmes for Afghanistan in the fields of anti-corruption and civil aviation, respectively, in collaboration with The Asia Foundation and the German Federal Foreign Office. To date, about 410 Afghan government officials have been trained under the SCP in diverse areas such as public administration, education, environment, urban transport planning, and healthcare.


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