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What is the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce's stance on corruption in Thailand?

JFCCT's Chairwoman, Vibeke Lyssand Leirvag

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JFCCT's Chairwoman, Vibeke Lyssand Leirvag - Pix JFCCT

The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce (JFCCT) advocates for zero tolerance for corruption in Thailand and works closely with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT), and Thai Collective Action Against Corruption (CAC) to support anti-corruption efforts.

In 2017, JFCCT held a seminar with NACC to exchange information on corruption prevention and suppression, and they have been meeting annually since then to share experiences and learning.

JFCCT makes its members aware of the various effects of corruption, engages in meaningful ways with anti-corruption organizations, brings attention to legal and policy changes, provides recommendations to reduce corruption, and is developing an anti-corruption Code of Conduct.

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The organisation also promotes the Rule of Law and aims to make an impact to support respect for the laws in force in Thailand. JFCCT's Chairwoman, Vibeke Lyssand Leirvag, has shared with the government and other organizations the negative effects of corruption on Thailand and its competitiveness for investment.

She recommended steps to improve the ease of doing business, including improved protection for whistle-blowers and witnesses, better education, stronger investigative powers, and courts more empowered to enforce stronger penalties.

Ms Leirvag believes that the general mindset of accepting some corruption needs to change to achieve transparency and rid the country of graft. JFCCT supports early education as a key way to prevent corruption.

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