Stakeholder Consultation in Manila: “Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space for Corruption”
The RVR Center recently held its first Stakeholder Consultation in Manila as part of the “Small Business Advocacy to Reduce the Space of Corruption”. The stakeholder consultation aimed to strengthen the role of SMEs as a constructive advocate for reform and to build consensus on an anti-corruption agenda among SMEs. The consultation in Manila gathered 16 stakeholders from the private sector, SME associations, and the academe to prioritize key corruption issues that this advocacy should focus on and to identify possible recommendations to address those issues.
Among others, the participants agreed that the lack of transparency and integrity as well as the proliferation of SME agencies need to be prioritized to reduce the space of corruption. Some of the recommendations provided were: the regular conduct of trainings and seminars for SMEs on integrity and value formation, continuous assessment and monitoring of the company’s internal processes, and dissemination of relevant, accurate, and timely information for SMEs.
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The first Stakeholder Consultation was conducted at the Asian Institute of Management on 2 December 2016 from 9:00 am to 12:00 nn. Two more consultations are scheduled on 20 January 2017 in Cebu City and on 3 February 2017 in Davao City.