The Essentials of Fighting Corruption
On 14 November 2013, the Hills Program, in partnership with The Asia Foundation and the Office of the Ombudsman, held a luncheon roundtable with Mr. Bertrand de Speville, former commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong to discuss “The Essentials of Fighting Corruption”. He emphasized the following as the things needed for the fight against corruption: 1) The will to win 2) Our values in law 3) A fight plan 4) The plan in action 5) People power 6) Resources 7) Staying power. The luncheon roundtable was held at Mandarin Hotel, with more than twenty attendees from the government, business sector, nongovernment organizations, media and academe.
Mr. de Speville is a consultant in anti-corruption, good governance and integrity systems. He is the principal of the firm de Speville & Associates. His engagements have included projects for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Council of Europe, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, the United Nations Development Programme, USAID, Transparency International, the Carter Center, national governments and private sector corporations. For five years he was the adviser to the Council of Europe’s Multidisciplinary Group on Corruption. As Commissioner of the ICAC, he was responsible directly to the Governor of Hong Kong for the conduct of the campaign against corruption, and in particular for the continuing drive to raise the ethical standards of Hong Kong business. Mr. de Speville is, by profession, a lawyer who trained and practiced in London in the private and public sectors. He went to Hong Kong in 1981 as a legal adviser to the Hong Kong Government. He was Solicitor General from 1991 to 1993, where he was concerned mainly with criminal legal policy and the implementation of Hong Kong’s newly introduced human rights legislation.
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