NACC Data Centre Opened To Keep Tabs On Corruption

Niwatchai Kasemmongkol NACC
Niwatchai Kasemmongkol, secretary-general and spokesman for NACC

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has opened a centre for data analysis in an effort to prevent misconduct and corruption among state agencies.

Niwatchai Kasemmongkol, secretary-general and spokesman for NACC, on Wednesday, said the Corruption Deterrence Centre (CDC) will closely monitor information on alleged acts of corruption submitted by various agencies and the media.

Mr Kasemmongkol said that once the information is obtained by the CDC it will be loaded into its database and analysed.

The centre will gather data from both domestic and international networks.

NACC officials will be assigned to further gather first-hand information related to the data and conduct further investigations, Mr Kasemmongkol said.

Phuthep Taweechotthanakun, NACC assistant spokesman, said the CDC’s efforts will help Thailand deal with increasingly complex forms of corruption.

The NACC also has regulations that provide protection to state officials who report any suspicious and/or corrupt behaviour involving their supervisors or colleagues, he said.

Such whistleblowers will be treated as witnesses in cases, Mr Taweechotthanakun said.

Mr Kasemmongkol said that at present, there are many channels through which people can report incidences of corruption.

Apart from the CDC, the government also has the Damrongdham complaints centre for the public to submit complaints about alleged corruption, Mr Kasemmongkol said. Each ministry also has its own centre to receive public complaints regarding corruption, he added.

Previously, the Royal Thai Police’s Anti-Corruption Division worked with the Department of Special Investigation, the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission and the Office of the Auditor-General of Thailand and the NACC to monitor graft in each region.