Head of Hong Kong’s graft-buster elected to lead global anti-corruption body
ICAC commissioner Simon Peh disclosed early last month that he would run for the body’s top post with the endorsement of the central and Hong Kong governments.
The head of Hong Kong’s graft buster has been tapped to lead the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA).
Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu was elected president of the global body during a virtual general meeting on Wednesday. Peh had disclosed early last month that he would run with the endorsement of the central and Hong Kong governments.
He said on Wednesday that he was honoured to represent the city’s graft-fighting agency in further contributing to the IAACA, which was founded in 2006 with the aim of promoting the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and fostering international collaboration.
The independent, non-partisan organisation – the first of its kind – counts more than 140 countries, regions and jurisdictions as members, and most of the world’s major anti-corruption authorities have participated in its efforts.
Peh said he would pursue three main goals as president: deepening members’ communication and collaboration through a new regional coordination mechanism, getting the association more involved in various international platforms, and enhancing its secretariat to better support its members.
He said he also aimed to strengthen the organisation’s role as the focal point for international anti-corruption collaboration and make it a major player in the field.
“During my tenure as president of the IAACA, my colleagues and I will work closely with the executive committee to sustain the IAACA’s existing programmes, implement new initiatives and chart a clear way forward for the association,” Peh said.
ICAC commissioners have been members of the IAACA’s executive committee since 2008, and Peh had been convenor of the global agency’s training committee since 2017.
The first president of the IAACA was Jia Chunwang, former head of mainland China’s top prosecutorial body, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
Another head of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Cao Jianming, was twice elected as IAACA’s president.