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The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC, Chairperson Kim Hong-Il) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on anti-corruption cooperation with the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan, thereby enhancing anti-corruption cooperation, such as sharing Clean Portal system.

ACRC Vice Chairperson and Secretary General Chung Seung-Yun and Deputy Director Umida Tukhtasheva of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan will sign an MOU on anti-corruption cooperation at the Government Complex Sejong on September 13.

Uzbekistan, often referred to as the “land of opportunity” thanks to its vast territory with abundant natural resources, has been promoting anti-corruption reforms as a top national priority by establishing the Anti-Corruption Agency and National Anti-Corruption Council in June 2020 and implementing a five-year anti-corruption strategy in an effort to foster sustainable development.

ACRC has shared Korea’s major anti-corruption policies, including the “Integrity Assessment of Public Institutions” “Corruption Risk Assessment,” and the “Rewards and Awards System for Reporting Persons,” with Uzbekistan. With the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Agency, both countries recognized the need for comprehensive anti-corruption cooperation, leading to the signing of the MOU.

Under the Korea-Uzbekistan MOU on Anti-Corruption Cooperation, both agencies will proactively collaborate in various areas for the next three years, including by

▴supporting anti-corruption systems and institutions such as Clean Portal,

▴sharing information on anti-corruption, and

▴jointly organizing anti-corruption events, including workshops and seminars.

Since December 2022, ACRC has been sharing “Clean Portal,” an anti-corruption system, with Uzbekistan in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

ACRC will provide technical assistance to support the stable establishment of “eanticor.uz,” Uzbekistan’s digital corruption reporting system, and offer training programs on Korea’s major anti-corruption institutions, including “the Act on the Prevention of Conflict of Interest” and “Improper Solicitation and Graft Act,” to relevant anti-corruption agencies in Uzbekistan, as needed.

ACRC Vice Chairperson Chung Seung-Yun said, “By signing the MOU, we will be able to enhance the anti-corruption capacity of both countries and fulfill the national policy task of establishing a regional cooperation network with co-prosperity. Moreover, we anticipate that this could contribute to further expanding anti-corruption cooperation with other Central Asian countries.”

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