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Joining Global Efforts to Fight Corruption

Implementation of the international anti-corruption conventions and participation in international anti-corruption rounds

The Korean government has been committed to global initiatives to combat corruption.

The ACRC has faithfully tried to implement international anti-corruption conventions such as the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

The Republic of Korea signed the UNCAC in 2003. The Act on Special Cases Concerning Confiscation and Recovery of Stolen Assets was passed by the National Assembly on February 29, 2008, resulting in the official ratification and implementation of the convention. A total of 186 countries, including Korea, were parties to the Convention as of December 2019.

During the second cycle of implementation review, Korea reviewed the Solomon Islands with Vietnam in 2017 and submitted self-assessment checklist in 2019. Korea review will be completed in 2019.
* See Korea's 1st cycle review report

To ratify the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, Korea enacted the Act on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions in December 1998, and the act has been enforced since February 1999.

The OECD Working Group on Bribery mutually evaluated the implementation of member countries, and shared investigation results regarding violations of the convention and relevant international cooperative activities.
* See Korea's monitoring reports

Since the organization of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group in 2011, the ACRC, together with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), has reviewed and put efforts to improve Korea’s anti-corruption standards and policies in order to implement G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plans.
* See G20 ACWG country monitoring report

The ACRC took part in the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting and shared opinions through discussions about major anti-corruption issues.
* See leader's declarations, high-level principles, and special reports

The ACRC also joined the APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group Meeting and ADB/OECD Consultative Group for Asia-Pacific, where it introduced Korea’s major anti-corruption policies and shared information and global trends with member countries.
* See APEC leader's declarations, principles, meeting summary, and country reports

The ACRC also played a leading role in establishing the ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency) Forum where the heads of the anti-corruption bodies discuss anti-corruption issues in the Asian-Pacific region, and serves as the Secretariat of the ACA Forum.

Anti-Corruption cooperation with international organizations

The ACRC has been involved in active exchanges with the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), an international organization in charge of anti-corruption education and training, since the two organizations signed an MOU in March 2012. Since 2013, the IACA’s customized anti-corruption educational courses have been provided to Korea’s anti-corruption practitioners every year.

The ACRC cooperates with the UNDP to share Korea’s anti-corruption experiences and pass on its excellent anti-corruption systems to developing countries. As the first such cooperative project between the two, a pilot project was launched in 2016, to pass on Korea’s Anti-Corruption Initiative Assessment (AIA) to public institutions of Vietnam.

In 2018, technical support for the launch of the AIA in Myanmar and Kosovo was decided and examples of relevant legislation and cases of the application of the system were provided through video-conference seminar and training sessions, so that the AIA can well settle into the two countries. In 2019, technical support was offered to Uzbekistan and Malaysia, for the spread of the AIA to them.

Bilateral cooperation

The ACRC, based on its MOUs on anti-corruption cooperation signed with Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Tunisia, Myanmar, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait and Uzbekistan has promoted cooperation in order to pass on its anti-corruption policies and aid its partners in strengthening internal anti-corruption capabilities.

Technical assistance

The ACRC opened integrity education courses for foreigners in 2013 in order to contribute to the improvement of the anti-corruption capabilities of public officials throughout the world. The courses were provided for two weeks with an aim to share practical knowledge and techniques for the systematic and effective response to corruption. In 2019, 16 participants from 15 countries, including Mongolia, Afghanistan, and Singapore, joined the sessions.
* See ACRC Training Course for International Anti-Corruption Practitioners

The ACRC also provides training sessions on various anti-corruption topics including integrity assessment, corruption impact assessment, whistleblower protection system according to other countries's request