In 2006 the Mongolia’s government ratified the Anti-Corruption Law (the legislation requires that the president of Mongolia, parliament members, judges, central bank governors, auditors, prosecutors, civil servants of ministries, local government authorities, and state-owned entities submit their yearly “Asset and Income Disclosure” (AID) statements)and in January 2007 it created the IAAC.In August 2007, the Criminal Procedures Code was amended and the IAAC was added to the list of state bodies authorized to conduct investigations.
Independent Authority against Corruption (IACC) reports to parliament annually, and will be subject to oversight of the Attorney General’s Office under the Criminal Procedures Code.The IACC will be a one-stop shop for investigations, intelligence, asset disclosure, and public awareness.
The IAAC staff is fast-approaching the legislated level of 90 staff members and has boosted its initial budget to fight corruption from approximately $300, 000 to nearly $1.65 million in less one year.
Since September 2007 alone, the IAAC has referred 21 cases of corruption to the General Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution and is now investigating over 50 cases.
Mongolia has worked actively to establish and strengthen regional ties, and in May 2006, senior members of the Mongolian Parliament and the General Prosecutor’s Office traveled to Hong Kong for four days of consultations with ICAC and other regional anti-corruption partners.The delegates participated in the ICAC-organized 3rd Symposium on Corporate Corruption.
Since the establishment of the IAAC, a corruption reporting telephone hotline “1969” was established to receive information and complaints from the citizens and the third Asset & Income Disclosure forms were collected, and 99.8% of public officials submitted them on time.
As a result of these achievements, the IAAC is earning public trust and confidence.A growing proportion of the Mongolian population believes that the IAAC can, and should, lead the fight against corruption.This public support is extremely important as a single agency cannot combat corruption alone.To fight corruption successfully, the IAAC must work in partnership with government ministries, the judiciary, the Parliament, the private sector, professional bodies, civil society groups, donor agencies, the media, and the public.