Strong Leadership and Effective Laws Essential in Fight Against Corruption
13 May 2016 Posted in Press releases
Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, Ms Indranee Rajah S.C, represented Singapore at the inaugural Anti-Corruption Summit 2016 in London yesterday. The Summit was hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr David Cameron.
Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah spoke at the Summit session on “Driving Out Corruption” on Singapore’s holistic approach to combat corruption and outlined Singapore’s four key success factors: a strong political leadership and will in creating a culture of zero-tolerance to corruption; effective anti-corruption laws and framework; effective enforcement by an independent anti-corruption authority; and a professional public administration with strong public service ethos.
At the end of the Summit, a declaration setting out high-level goals to combat corruption was signed by the countries in attendance. The declaration was accompanied by a communique which outlined the specific steps that will be taken. Singapore has submitted a statement (Annex A (0.1MB)) to be annexed to the communique, detailing what the country has done and will do in relation to the key issues identified in the communique.
Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah said: “Corruption is a scourge and a root cause of many of the world’s problems. Singapore takes a holistic approach to combat corruption. Most importantly, our strong political leadership and will in creating a culture of zero-tolerance to corruption is key. While Singapore has had some measure of success, we will continue to work with partners from various sectors of society to eradicate corruption, and learn from the best practices of other countries.”
An anthology of essays on Anti-Corruption was also launched at the Summit by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong contributed to the collection an essay on Singapore’s experience in combating corruption. (Annex B (0.1MB))
Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah also met with the Minister of State of for Civil Justice, Lord Edward Faulks, and exchanged views on civil justice in their respective countries.
Background of Summit
- The first of its kind, the Anti-Corruption Summit 2016 brings together world leaders, business leaders, and civil society to agree on a package of practical steps to expose corruption, punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption, and drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.
Annex A - Singapore Country Statement (0.1MB)
Annex B - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Contribution to the Anthology of Essays on Anti-Corruption (0.2MB)
MINISTRY OF LAW
12 May 2016
Last updated on 13 May 2016