The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Tue, July 30 2013, 7:35 PM
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has said that Indonesia intends to build an international anti-corruption academy to improve efforts in fighting corruption.
“Indonesia will initiate the establishment of an international anti-corruption academy,” Yudhoyono said in his twitter account @SBYYudhoyono on Tuesday.
SBY said he expected that the academy would be able to produce professionals that would further boost both the quality and quantity of graft eradication.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had earlier proposed to recruit its own investigators in order to catch up with the heavy workload that the commission must face. The KPK reasoned that recruiting in-house investigators would improve its performance and at the same time also reduce its dependency on the National Police and the General Attorney’s Office (AGO) as the main suppliers of investigators and prosecutors.
However, the proposal has been rejected by the House of Representatives as the KPK is a temporary agency and therefore recruiting investigators is unnecessary.
According to Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception Index, Indonesia is currently ranked 118 out of 176 countries, compared to 2011’s rank of 100.
SBY’s idea of an international anti-corruption academy refers to an academy initiated by three parties, namely the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the Republic of Austria.
The Austria-based International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) has been gaining international recognition since 2011 after being signed up by 64 UN member states, including Indonesia and three international organizations.
The academy website states that it provides standardized training to promote deeper understanding of the intricacies of corruption which is applicable to different regions and sectors of society.
It also designs curricula of an interdisciplinary nature, training on specific themes and a program of peer-exchange experiences from diverse professional and educational backgrounds. (hrl/dic)
Writer: Haeril Halim, cub reporter at the Jakarta Post. SOURCE