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Posted on :09 December 2020

The Foreign Affairs Committee presented the Framework Agreement between the Royal Government of Bhutan and European Investment Bank to the House for deliberation. The Committee presented a total of 17 sections for deliberation and the House adopted all the recommendations of the Committee. The recommendations were mainly minor changes in the Dzongkha text of the agreement.

The House, with 18 ‘Yes’ and 5 ‘Abstain’ votes, from the total of 23 Members present and voting, adopted the Framework Agreement. The Agreement will be submitted to His Majesty The King for Royal Assent.

Similarly, the House unanimously adopted all the recommendations as proposed by the Good Governance Committee on the Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report 2019. The following are the adopted recommendations for the ACC:

i. Set clear criteria for selection of gewogs/agencies to conduct advocacy sessions based on their immediate need;

ii. Conduct periodic impact assessment of the advocacy programmes on the behavioral changes of the target group;

iii. Upscale the awareness programme on electoral corruptions ahead of the third Local Government elections

iv. Establish an effective follow-up system on the Action Taken Report;

v. Accord equal emphasis on proactive measures by identifying agencies/individuals with high risk of corruption and making timely interventions;

vi. Reconcile any contradictory findings of two or more reports published by the ACC (for example, National Integrity Assessment 2019 indicates outstanding rating for Local Government while the corruption complaints received against LGs as per the annual reports reflect the highest);

vii. Liaise with the Royal Civil Service Commission to establish a separate security unit within the Commission; and

viii. Enhance the coordination between the Anti Corruption Commission and Office of Attorney General to solve corruption cases in an amicable manner.

The recommendations will be forwarded to the ACC for due follow-up and implementation.


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