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Myanmar State Pharmaceutical Factory Official Arrested on Corruption Charges

YANGON— Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) opened a case on Friday against the general manager of Burma Pharmaceutical Industry (BPI), a state-owned pharmaceutical factory in Insein, Yangon region, charging him with bribery over alleged improper purchasing of raw materials for the factory. According to an official from the ACC office in Yangon, the commission found that […]

20 Fugitives, Including Judges, Administrators, Wanted on Suspicion of Corruption

Six judges, two district administrators, the head of a police station and a public prosecutor and a lawyer are all on a list of fugitives suspected of corruption, along with other government officials. The list, released Sunday by the Myanmar Police Force, numbers 20 individuals and includes their photographs and personal information. In February 2018 […]

Gold mine officials accused of making false claim

The Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission has charged three directors of gold mine concessionaire National Prosperity Co (NPC) with submitting a false claim accusing civil servants of corruption. NPC managing director U Tun Aung Soe submitted the complaint to the commission requesting an investigation of the alleged illegal extraction of gold and other minerals by civil servants […]

Tanintharyi Chief Minister Arrested on Bribery, Corruption Charges

Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lei Lei Maw was arrested on bribery and corruption charges in Dawei on Sunday, according to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). ACC spokesperson U Kyaw Soe confirmed to The Irrawaddy that the chief minister has been detained at Dawei Myoma Police Station, together with Global Grand Services (GGS) Managing Director U […]

‘Tone from the top’ crucial in anti-corruption: DICA

There is a lack of awareness about the transparency and corporate governance aspects of the new Companies Law, according to a senior government official, who argued for the importance of tone from the top in combating corruption. The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of the Chamber of Commerce […]

Companies should clean up their acts to fend off corruption risks

Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks Myanmar at 130 out of 180 countries, showing that we have a long way to go in both corporate governance and uprooting graft. Nevertheless, over the last two years, Myanmar has advanced from a low base. The new Companies Laws (2017) and Rules (2018) revised the legislative framework, […]

Anti-corruption drive dodges political donations and criminal liability

Nay Pyi Taw has stepped up its efforts to curb corruption by empowering the anti-graft body and reaching out to the private sector. Yet, the announcement from the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) has created confusion among businesses. Crucially, there are still no criminal liability for offering bribes and no effective regulations on […]

DICA’s anti-corruption rules not clear on donations or political contributions

In their latest drive to tackle corruption, the government released a code of ethics prohibiting businesses from bribing officials, but it remains unclear what a company and charities and individuals associated can and cannot do. A non-profit organisation urged Nay Pyi Taw to consult experts and require companies to set up a code of conduct […]

Effective legal action to be taken against corrupt civil servants after amending anti-corruption law

The peace talks between State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and residents from different fields took place in Mawlamyin, Mon State on June 14. (Photo-State Counsellor Office) The government will be able to take effective legal actions against corrupt civil servants after an anti-corruption law has been amended and control authorized personnel not to misuse […]

Myanmar’s Planning and Finance Minister Submits Resignation

NAYPYITAW — Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win has submitted his resignation to the president amid reports that he is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI), sources close to the matter told The Irrawaddy. Since last week, news reports have circulated alleging that the minister and his […]