Thursday, May 05, 2016

Singapore govt to sponsor Indian officers willing to learn anti-corruption strategies; Course begins on June 27

WILLING to learn anti-corruption tricks in Singapore, known to be one of the least corrupt nations in the world? The government of Singapore will provide accommodation, local transport, medical insurance and daily allowances to select middle level Indian bureaucrats who are willing to learn anti-corruption strategies at Civil Service College, Singapore to be held between June 27 to July 1, 2016. The selected officers or their ministries will have to bear just the cost of round trip air fare and other travel related expenses. Till date, Singapore has sponsored training courses and study visits for over 1 lakh officials from…
more than 170 countries including India. Singapore is 8th least corrupt country in the world against India's ranking of 64, according to Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (2015). In the comparison, however, one has to keep in mind that Singapore has mere 5 million population against India's 1.2 billion.
The Civil Service College’s course on anti-corruption strategies has been designed in such a way that by the end of the course, participants should be able to:
1. Understand the principles underlying governance within the Singapore Public Service;
2. Understand the macro strategies used in corruption control in Singapore;
3. Apply the 3E Approach in developing and enforcing anti-corruption strategies within their own national contexts;
4. Describe the role of Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) and its mandate in Singapore's anti-corruption strategy;
5. Understand the auditing process within the Singapore Public Service and recognize the importance of stringent financial controls;
6. Develop systems that cultivate and maintain a culture of integrity amongst public officers.
This programme is highly interactive and experiential in nature. Besides formal lecturing, activities include open discussions, group work, experiential learning journey and other learning methodologies. 
The course will be held between June 27 and July 1, 2016. 
Under this programme arrangement, the government of Singapore will bear the following expenses for the successful applicants (thereafter known as participants) during their training in Singapore. These expenses include: 
1. A daily training allowance of One Hundred and Twenty Singapore Dollars (S$120) from first day to last day of the course to cover meals and daily expenses. [Complimentary breakfast is provided in the hotel from the first day to one day after the course.]
2. Transportation to course venue and site visits.
3. Medical insurance for participants to cover accident and hospitalisation during their stay in Singapore in accordance with the policy of a local insurance company.
4. Accommodation for the entire duration of the course.
5. The nominating government will however be responsible for their participants' round-trip
The department of economic affairs (DEA) which comes under the ministry of finance is the nodal agency to select the government of India officials to be sent for the course in Singapore.

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