Gov’t Rolls Out ‘Integrity Zone’ to Reaffirm Commitment for Bureaucratic Reform
The Government is committed to strengthening and accelerating bureaucratic reform in all ministries / agencies and local governments, one of which is through efforts to create an Integrity Zone (ZI) towards a Corruption Free Area (WBK) and a Clean Bureaucratic Area (WBBM), Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said.
The creation of the Integrity Zone is determined by excellent human capital with integrity who serve as agents of change for progress.
“We need to continue to strengthen measures and expand the scope of the Integrity Zone by creating clean governance, optimal public services, reliable and accountable bureaucratic capacity, and professional human capital,” VP said in his virtual remarks at the 2020 Integrity Zone towards WBK and WBBM Awards, Monday (21/12).
The integrity of government institutions and apparatus, he continued, must be maintained and enforced as a way to prevent corruption which is very detrimental to the country as it can slow down economic growth, decrease competitiveness and investment, as well as increase poverty and income inequality.
“Every state apparatus must have a commitment to building a culture of integrity. Without strong integrity, it would be difficult for them to overcome pressures, threats, and opportunities to commit fraud and violations,” he said.
The Vice President expressed hope that the success of developing the Integrity Zone could increase public trust at ministries / agencies and local governments.
Moreover, in the era of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, people increasingly demand fast, precise, and high quality public services, he added.
“Public trust can only be won from hard work and focus to produce a public satisfaction that is in line with public expectation. Public participation must also be available as widely as possible to create a country that is clean and free from corruption, collusion and nepotism,” Ma’ruf explained.
On that occasion, the Vice President also ordered Ministry of State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform to further increase and expand the scope of the assessment, not only for work units that provide direct services to the public, but also for work units that do not.
“I order all state apparatus in ministries / agencies and local governments to realize the integrity zone towards a Corruption Free Area and a Clean and Serving Bureaucratic Area,” Ma’ruf said, while expressing hope that ministries / agencies and local governments that have received the WBK / WBBM title can continue to maintain their title and become an inspiration for others.
“Work units that have not succeeded in obtaining the WBK and WBBM titles are urged to continue improving themselves and fix any shortcomings,” he said.
In addition, Ma’ruf also ordered state apparatus to remain productive and be disciplined in implementing health protocols.
“I remind all of us to stay productive, to follow health protocols and to be an example of healthy living,” he said.
For the record, the 2020 Integrity Zone towards WBK and WBBM Awards were given to 763 work units in a number of ministries / agencies, provincial governments, and district / city governments. (DND/UN) (EST/EP)