Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha has declared there will be serious steps taken  against corruption in Thailand as a “national agenda”, urging all government officials to participate in the moral development of government departments nationwide.

The Prime Minister stated during a broadcasting public speech on Sunday (16th May) that Thailand was ranked at 104th from overall 180 participating countries for governmental corruption, based on the Perception of Corruption Index (PCI) calculated by Transparency International, the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption.

He further stated that his government has been committed to solving the problem of corruption and misconduct in all departments. Therefore, the government, together with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), has implemented a 20-year national strategy to balance and develop a government management system, creating a trustworthy public image and transparency.

The government also ordered a moral and transparency self-assessment among governmental agencies, supervised by Integrity and Transparency Assessment (ITA). It is aimed to improve performance and development in all public sectors, including law, executive, judiciary, and independent organizations, for the best benefit of the country’s public administration.

“I’d like to encourage all Thai citizens in government offices in every department nationwide to take part in improving Thailand’s transparency to meet international standards by jointly completing the transparency assessment online via NACC website or ITAS application from now until May 31, 2021. The assessment results will be announced for potential development among certain government agencies nationwide,” The PM concluded.