Thailand

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CIPE executive director and Board member both recognized by Ethisphere Institute as one of 2014’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics; CIPE supported program yields tax code amendments in Albania; Thai anti-corruption coalition now numbers 400 member companies.

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Philippines - Regional Director John Callebaut traveled to Manila to speak on association governance at the Second Annual Association Executive Summit hosted by the Philippine Council for the Advancement of Association Executives.

Multiregional Weekly Updates

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More than 400 people attend 5th Annual Collective Action Against Corruption Conference in Thailand; CIPE partner holds workshop on corporate governance in the West Bank; advocacy efforts by CIPE partner in Afghanistan result in business-friendly policy changes

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ASIA

Collective Action Against Corruption – Thai Institute of Directors

John Morrell, Corruption is widespread in Thailand, hindering business activity and impeding economic growth. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, Thailand ranks 102 out of 177 countries and territories. Read more…

Weekly Update: Asia

China – The Unirule Institute of Economics continued its series of public policy forums in Beijing with a discussion titled “A Comparative Study of China’s Supply and Demand Structure.” Academy of Macroeconomic Research Institute Professor Song Li explained that the process by which China can move from “Made in China” to “Invented in China” is hindered by heavy business taxes and a lack of policy reforms.

Weekly Update: Multiregional

Washington, DC –CIPE and Freedom House hosted a panel discussion titled “Advancing Political and Economic Freedom in Africa: A Strategic Path for U.S.-Africa Relations” in the lead up to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Weekly Update: Asia

Thailand – The Thai Institute of Directors (IOD) added 31 additional companies to its Collective Action Against Corruption Coalition, bringing the total number of companies in this anti-corruption coalition to 323. Moreover, IOD is now aggressively implementing its certification mechanism, a methodology developed by CIPE and IOD in which coalition companies undergo a thorough review that verifies whether or not they are actually living up to the standards of the IOD-led coalition.

Weekly Update: Asia

Thailand – The Thai Institute of Directors (IOD), CIPE’s anti-corruption partner in Thailand, behan the process of designing a new training course for private-sector executives as part of the CIPE-IOD Collective Action against Corruption campaign. IOD envisions a three-day “Integrity Leadership Program” for top management and directors of companies. This new course will complement the two existing anti-corruption courses that IOD is currently running.

Weekly Update: Asia

Cambodia – CIPE anti-corruption partner Silaka conducted its first radio broadcast promoting awareness of the CIPE-Silaka anti-corruption program, and of the importance of civic involvement in anti-corruption issues. As part of its partnership with CIPE, Silaka assembled a coalition of local NGOs, businesses and village leaders in Kampong Thom province, and CIPE helped Silaka build the capacity of this coalition to serve as an anti-corruption watchdog and good governance advocate.

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