ADB consultant to strengthen ACC’s investigative capacity

Tay Keong, team leader of the consultants who will implement the technical assistance to strengthen Bhutan’s ACC, is on his first on-site mission to the country

Tay Keong Tan from Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), Washington DC, USA is currently in the country interacting with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other stakeholders with regard to ADB’s (Asian Development Bank) project on strengthening Bhutan’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

According to ACC, the government signed an agreement with ADB for the project in October 2011.

The project which is a part of ADB’s “Development Partnership Program for South Asia” will assist ACC and its partners to further strengthen institutional capacities in investigation, communication strategies, operational management and corruption vulnerability assessments.

Excerpts from the ADB website states that the “subproject was to contribute to the promotion of good governance in Bhutan in such areas as anti-corruption, enhanced accountability in service delivery, transparency, and proper management of resources”.

PTF has been recruited by ADB (Asian Development Bank) to deliver the technical assistance. While in the country, team leader Tay Keong shall interact with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other stakeholders like officials from the Cabinet, Office of the Attorney General, media, Royal Audit Authority and the Supreme Court among others.

Tay Keong who is on a two- week visit to the country will talk to journalists from various media houses on July 30.

Tay Keong from Singapore is an independent consultant specializing in anti-corruption, risk management and public management reforms. Over the past 3 years, he has worked for various international non- governmental organizations (NGO) that specialize in anti-corruption and integrity building projects around the world.

Tay Keong who has worked as a governance consultant, executive trainer, and evaluator for numerous international projects in more than a dozen countries also served as Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General of the Office of Internal Oversight Services at the United Nations, where he managed the UN’s first-ever anti-corruption campaign.

In Singapore, he served as Assistant Superintendent of Police and served in the Singapore Prisons Department.

Dr. Tan has a doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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