Let's prevent conflicts of interest to fight against corruption: Part 4

  • Tue, 23 August 2022

Restrictions and Penalties

            The restriction in article 10 stipulated, “No public servant shall conduct personally providing labor, counseling, or advisory services, or other services to a person related to his or her duties in return for consideration; providing a third party with knowledge or  information related to the duties of the public institution with which the public servant is affiliated in return for consideration; acting for a foreign institution, corporation, or organization, etc.; and holding other positions related to his or her duties”. In article 13, “A public servant shall not use or profit from goods, vehicles, ships, aircraft, buildings, land, facilities, etc”. And in article 14, “No public servant shall acquire, or allow a third party to acquire, goods or property gains, using “the confidential information of the public institution for personal gain.” If public servants violate the Act, the head of the relevant public institution shall take administration penalties under article 26 or other penalties under articles 27 and 28.

Public Servant and Conflict of Interest

            A situation of conflict of interest can occur not only in the public sector but also in the private sector. However, civil servants in the public sector are a bridge between the state and the people, and it is a crucial area for strengthening public's trust in the state and for the emergence of a good administrative system and a clean government. There has been observed that the relevant governments are also paying attention to the prevention of conflicts of interest, just as the international community is paying attention.