S. Korea to host int’l anti-corruption meeting in June 2020

SEOUL, South Korea has been selected to host a major international anti-corruption meeting in June 2020, the state anti-corruption agency said Thursday.

The 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen on Wednesday picked Seoul as the next host of the global forum to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption, the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission said.

The biennial forum is co-organized by Transparency International, a global non-governmental organization, and the host government.

The IACC cited South Korea's efforts to empower civic society to fight corruption through the successful governance of public-private transparency as the reason for the choice.

In his acceptance speech at the closing ceremony, Kim Tae-ung, a standing member of the commission, said that the next conference will become an opportunity for South Korea to share with the international community the public's struggle toward a fair and transparent society.

Kim referred to the citizens' candlelight rallies in 2016 that led to the ouster of then-President Park Geun-hye' over an influence-peddling scandal that also implicated her longtime close friend Choi Soon-sil.

Launched in 1983, the IACC usually takes place every two years in a different region of the world and hosts 800 to 2000 participants from over 140 countries worldwide.

The commission said participants are expected to attend the 2020 conference to share their experiences in establishing a fair and transparent society and discuss ways to fight corruption in five sessions and about 50 workshops.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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