The State Audit Office of the Kingdom of Thailand has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) on cooperation in combating corruption.
Representing the State Audit Office in signing the MOU was Auditor General Prajuck Boonyoung, while ACT was represented by ACT Chairman Vichien Phongsathorn. The signing ceremony took place recently when the State Audit Office entered into an Integrity Pact with Italian Thai Development Public Company – China Railway Number 10 (Thailand), or ITD-CREC, joint venture.
Under the Integrity Pact, the State Audit Office agreed to entrust the joint venture with the project to construct the new building of the State Audit Office on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak district, Bangkok. The Cabinet had approved a budget of 2,560 million baht for the project, and the joint venture proposed the construction cost of 2,136 million baht, which was the lowest bid.
The Auditor General said that the State Audit Office has carried out this construction project with transparency and accountability, in line with the Government Procurement and Supplies Management Act 2017 and information disclosure at all stages. All bidders were treated equally and provided with sufficient time to submit bids.
The ACT Chairman stated that the signing of the Integrity Pact by the State Audit Office set a good example in showing an intention to prevent and suppress corruption. This will help promote the value of honesty, which will lead to the reduction of the corruption problem.
The Integrity Pact is a joint agreement between the public and private sectors to ensure that the procurement of materials for government projects is carried out with transparency and fairness. In this agreement, government agencies and the private companies that are bidding for government contracts worth one billion baht and over will pledge to jointly maintain a fair and transparent process, under third-party observation.
Signing the pact will be three parties: a respective organization in the public sector, a private company, and a group of observers who possesses knowledge, expertise, and experience related to the project.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department