Combating Corruption: The Hong Kong Experience
18 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 31, 2013
Corruption is a universal phenomenon and no society is devoid of it. Although the world is not short of ideas on how to tackle corruption, the Hong Kong experience is frequently quoted as an epitome of success. Anti-corruption efforts have succeeded in Hong Kong because of the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”) in 1974. Over the past 40 years, the ICAC has devoted itself to anti-corruption work, turning a pervasively corrupted place to one of the most corruption-free places in the world, and successfully upheld Hong Kong’s core values of fairness and probity. ICAC’s success is attributed to indispensable factors which can be interestingly summed up in the acronym – ICAC, where I stands for independent status, C for comprehensive and long-term strategy, A for adequate resources, and C for community support.
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