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More than 90 students from 13 universities across the country have attended a training program, aimed at instilling the social value of intolerance of corruption into young people.

The program took place at the TK Palace Hotel and Convention on Chaeng Watthana Road in Bangkok from 16 to 20 July 2018. It aimed to develop student leaders as the core to raise public awareness of anti-corruption efforts and promote morality, under the project on the promotion of morality and integrity among student leaders.

This program was conducted together with another program on "Building Coaches for Education,” aimed at developing teachers as good advisors for students. The two programs were organized jointly by the Moral Promotion Center, which is a public organization under the Ministry of Culture, the Office of the Higher Education Commission, the General Prem Tinsulanonda Statesman Foundation, and the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

 

Apart from emphasizing the social value of "zero tolerance” of corruption, the training was also intended to build resilience against corruption among young people, who are the future workforce of the country.

Meanwhile, Governor of the Bank of Thailand Veerathai Santiprabhob, in his opening remarks at the Bangkok Sustainable Banking Forum 2018 on 23 July, stated that entrenched corruption remains a major obstacle to achieving long-term focus. Paying bribes and granting favors are harmful practices that incur unnecessary costs and create distortions in resource allocation.

 

He pointed out that distorted policies and actions aimed at political or personal monetary gains can limit the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Practices in the financial sector have also been culprits in corrupt behavior. Insider trading, market manipulation, money laundering, favoritism in credit decisions, and misselling of products are just some of the corrupt practices that have led regulators, including the Bank of Thailand, to tighten their codes of conduct and the supervision of market activity.