BANGKOK, 29 January 2013 The Anti-Corruption Network said it would keep a close watch on the government’s spending, especially the 2 trillion baht budget earmarked for infrastructure projects, while revealing that Thailand is ranked 13th among world’s top money-smuggling countries.
According to Anti-Corruption Network(ACN) Chairman Pramon Sutivong, the ACN is adjusting its strategies in order for them to perform their tasks more effectively. It will focus on 4 missions: building credibility, building networks both inside and outside the country, promoting more transparency policies, and creating morale among people.
For now the ACN will mainly focus on the government’s 2 trillion baht infrastructure projects. The network will follow up on every step and transition made– from procurement to auction processes. He said the ACN had asked the government to sign a written statement before any auction was to take place to confirm its transparency.
He also revealed the findings of a research on money laundering, conducted by the Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based non-profit research and advocacy organization, saying Thailand is ranked 13th on the list of world’s top money-smuggling countries, with over 2 trillion baht smuggled out between 2001 and 2010.