Integrity doesn’t stop at the border
A Memorandum of Understanding signed this week sets out how the New Zealand and Thai Ombudsmen will work together for good governance, integrity and human rights across the Asia and Pacific regions.
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier signed the MoU with Ombudsman Thailand General Viddhavat Rajatanun at a ceremony in Bangkok on Tuesday.
L-R: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Thailand HE Taha MacPherson, President of the General Assembly Chuan Leekpai, Thai Chief ombudsman General Viddhavat Rajatanun and Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier.
Resilient and supportive relationships among integrity institutions such as ours is more important than ever in today’s uncertain world.
“This agreement has the potential to take Ombudsmanship in the Asia-Pacific to a whole other level”, Mr Boshier says.
“The more we work constructively together, the greater our effectiveness at home and on the world stage. This agreement sets out our intentions to work together on capacity building programmes, study visits and expert exchanges to promote and enhance Ombudsmanship across our regions.
“This is work that is very close to my heart from a personal perspective, and a responsibility I take very seriously in my role as Asia-Pacific Regional President for the International Ombudsman Institute”.