CityNews – August 31, Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit presided over a ceremony announcing intent to promote anti-corruption, in the “Anti-corruption: The Change of Thailand” project, held at the Northern Office of the Bank of Thailand.
The event was also joined by Panthep Klanarongran, president of National Anti-Corruption Commission and other officials involved.
The project “Anti-corruption: The Change of Thailand” is under the national focus “Active Citizen against Corruption”, and aims to encourage every sector to prevent and solve corruption problems so that Thailand can become a corruption-free country.
According to Panthep, Thailand loses around 180 billion baht due to corruption each year. He added that the problem is still a major crisis for the country, but the current government is serious about stopping corruption once and for all.
In 2014, Thailand received a 38 out of 100 point rating on the Corruption Perception Index, and was ranked 85th in a list of over 170 countries across the world.
In 2013, Thailand got 35 points.
According to the government’s anti-corruption strategy, Thailand aims to increase a minimum of 5 points in 2017 by strengthening anti-corruption ideas within society.
At the event, there were exhibitions of corruption-opposing projects by various organisations. Awards were also given out to contributing organisations.