Who will host the next IACC? 11/02/08
By President of the NACC, Mr. Panthep Klanarongran
Hon. Justice Barry O’Keefe, Madame Labelle, Dr Marschall, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour for me to have this opportunity to say just a few words to you this afternoon, at the closing of the 13th IACC in Athens.
These past four days have been truly amazing. I am sure you will all agree that listening to the view of so many experts in the field and talking to anti-corruption officials from around the world, and sharing past successes, even failures, as well as future plans and hopes with so many old acquaintances and new-found friends, has been an unforgettable and energising experience. Congratulations to our hosts for a truly successful conference.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand, the NACC, has been selected to host the 14th IACC in 2010. Since it was founded nine years ago, as a truly independent agency, to prevent and suppress corruption, the NACC has striven to increase its activities in the domestic and international arena.
The fact that it will host the IACC in 2010 is a sure sign of its success and standing in the field of anti-corruption. In fact, 2010 will be a truly important year for Thailand, as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who in his economic philosophy propounded the need for social justice and transparency, will become the longest reigning monarch.
There will be much rejoicing throughout the country, as the people celebrate His Majesty’s long life and remarkable achievements, and Thailand will be proud to welcome the world to join in these celebrations.
Honourable Justice O’Keefe, on behalf of the NACC, I hereby accept your invitation to host the 14th IACC in 2010. I do so with gratitude for the special opportunity that has been given to the NACC and to Thailand, and I do so with humility, aware of the enormous responsibility that is involved. And I do so with quiet confidence that, with the assistance of my colleagues at the NACC, Transparency International, TI Thailand and all of you, the 14th IACC will become a conference to remember.
Distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I look forward to welcoming you all to Bangkok in 2010. “Khop Khun Mak”, which means thank you all very much. I look forward to seeing you in two years time in Thailand.
Thank you for your attention.