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Kazakhstan interested in Chinese anti-corruption measures 26 сентября 2014, 13:56

A Chinese delegation has come to Kazakhstan to discuss governance and corruption.
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A Chinese delegation led by Vice President of Chinese Academy of Governance Chen Baosheng has arrived in Astana, Kazakhstan. A roundtable discussion themed "Kazakhstan - China: Exchange of Experience in Public Administration" took place on September 23 as part of the visit.

The Central Asian country, it appears, is ready to study from the anti-corruption experience of China, Tengrinews correspondent reports citing the rector of Kazakhstan's Academy of Public Administration Bolatbek Abdrasilov.

"As far as we all now know, the last plenum of the Communist Party of China saw a decision adopted to fight against extravagance and wastefulness. They also had a problem with the illegal use of public funds for personal purposes, which we know from the media. (…) Of course, a civil servant should meet the expectations of the society both ethically and morally, be modest, his or her spending should be commensurate with income, the principle of meritocracy should be observed, that is, the principle of career growth based on personal achievements,” Abdrasilov said.

In turn, Chen Baosheng shared the successes of the new anti-corruption measures in China.

"We have improved the control of discipline within the party, we took strong measures to detect corruption offenses. The whole world now knows that at this point we have already identified a number of such offenses, both on part of very high-ranking officials [and ordinary employees]. Figuratively speaking, we say that we caught a tiger and a fly simultaneously," Baosheng said.

He said that the stance on corruption generate a lot of approval with the public that called it "a fresh wind in the party" that gave people hope.

Anti-corruption measures were also discussed during the meeting between Baosheng and the chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Fighting Corruption Kairat Kozhamzharov.

"Mr. Kozhamzharov in his speech also stressed the importance of studying the anti-corruption experience of the Chinese," said Abdrasilov.

"The fight against extravagance and luxury is also the fight against corruption, but it is a struggle in terms of pre-emption, that is character building. Civil servant should be modest. (…) Even when we sat at the table, we was our Chinese colleagues not ordering too much. That is, they bought only what they could eat but did not allow themselves any excesses – this is also character building. Such little things help develop a general rejection of negative behavior, including corruption and personal use of some goods that become available with specific official positions," Abdrasilov said.

Abdrasilov expressed hope that Kazakhstan would keep abreast of new techniques in the field of corruption fighting and use the Chinese experience "in the practice of character building and training of civil servants."

However, there is a practice in China that is not in use in Kazakhstan – capital punishment. “You know we don’t have death penalty in Kazakhstan [there is a moratorium]. They [the Chinese] still have it, though I think they will also come to abandon the death penalty,” Abdrasilov said.

Mr. Baosheng did not answer Tengrinews’ question on whether the leadership of the PRC would abandon the death penalty for corruption crimes in the future. He only said that criminal prosecution of corrupt officials was carried out in strict accordance with the law and the ones applying it did so carefully.

In any case, Abdrasilov said that the Chinese experience in fighting corruption could be useful for Kazakhstan as the Central Asian country is on the track of drastically revising its approach.

"If we had major efforts to combat corruption in the past, now the politics and ideology of the new agency is primarily to educate our public officials through training, through other work, in order not to just deal with the consequences but to preempt corruption (…) All of this work will be aimed at prevention of corruption by civil servants to inculcate moral and ethical standards in line with modern requirements," he said.

Reporting by Renat Tashkinbayev, writing by Dinara Urazova


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