Anti-corruption commission chair blames bribery in illicit trade for increasing corruption

Nay Yai and Zeyar Tun

Giving bribes in illegal trade helps increase corruption and disrupt the rule of law, said Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Aung Kyi.

The commission chairman made the remark during his opening speech at the Anti-Illicit Trade Forum held at M Gallery in Nay Pyi Taw on September 5.

"Some people give bribes in illicit trade without hesitation. That increases corruption and harm the rule of law," said Aung Kyi.

Illicit trade badly harms the health and security of public members and causes tax evasion, frauds, crimes and other administrative problems, he commented.

According to the global illicit trade index, illicit traders sometimes profit from inter-departmental ineffectiveness and limited cooperation. The report points out systematic measures to control and handle customs, authorities and judicial sector that can encourage illicit trade.

The report also suggests the need for the Myanmar government to appoint a high-ranking official as an a coordinator in fighting illicit trade.

Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission was reformed with new chairman and membership under the incumbent National League for Democracy government on November 23 last year.

Chairman Aung Kyi previously served as Minister of Information, Minister of Labour, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement under the previous government.