Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, September 16, 2013 — On September 09, 2013, the Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar City, Mr. Erdene Bat-Uul, the Commissioner General of Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC) Mr. Naavansuren Ganbold, and Country Representative for The Asia Foundation Meloney C. Lindberg signed a Good Governance and Corruption Prevention Plan 2013-14. The Foundation supports this plan under the USAID-funded Strengthening Transparency and Governance in Mongolia program. Aiming to improve accountability and promote transparency, the plan will be implemented in several front-line departments of the municipality. These include the Education Department, Health Department, General Planning Department, and Office of Property Relations. Effective implementation of the plan will result in support to the city in its efforts to bring more accountable services to the citizens.
“After two decades of rapid political, economic, and social change, Mongolia is tackling many of its governance challenges through a strengthened legal framework that promotes increased transparency and accountability,” said Country Representative for The Asia Foundation Meloney C. Lindberg. She added: “The Asia Foundation is excited to support Mongolian-led reform efforts, with the City Municipality of Ulaanbaatar in close collaboration with the IAAC. We hope these efforts will result in better access to services for citizens.”
As an independent and the leading anti-corruption body in the country, the IAAC has been implementing targeted corruption prevention and public awareness activities and is currently seeking to engage more directly with municipal and local governments throughout the country. Two of the major components under the plan include establishing and strengthening ethics committees and ensuring robust accountability systems are in place within these departments. These measures will lead to greater trust in these important institutions.
The joint prevention plan will be implemented over the course of one year, ending in September 2014. The Foundation will provide technical and methodological support in the implementation of the plan.