Press Release
May 21, 2013


Senator Edgardo J. Angara recently went overseas to attend and moderate over key sessions in two international conferences on global development.

Angara will first arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan as head of the delegation from the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) that will participate in the 10th Annual Conference of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund from May 23 to 24, 2012.

There, he will moderate a session entitled "Strengthening Oversight through Parliamentarian-Donor Interaction," which will tackle the role of parliamentarians in shaping frameworks for development aid, especially in ensuring transparent oversight over donor-funded developmental projects.

As Chair of GOPAC, Angara will also meet with key members of the Millis Mejlis or the National Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He will also preside over a meeting of the Executive Committee of GOPAC, which is the only international network of parliamentarians singularly focused on combatting corruption and promoting good governance.

Afterwards, Angara will arrive in Paris, France for the 2013 Annual Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on May 28 to 29.

He will act as one of the discussion leaders for one of the OECD_IdeaFactory sessions, which aims to bring together policy-makers, academics, business professionals, civil society leaders, youth and key experts for information exchange on certain issues or topics.

The former UP President will lead the discussion on the relevance of trust to the main advocacies of OECD such as the financing of democracy, lobbying for legislation, responsible business conduct, regulation, corruption and taxation among others. The session also aims to come up with solutions on how trust can be cultivated among government, the private sector and the society-at-large.

Recently, Angara was conferred by the Japanese Government with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun for promoting friendly relations and developing economic cooperation between Japan and the Philippines.

With the conferment, Angara became part of an international roster of awardees which include former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, former U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, and former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, and fellow Filipinos Carlos P. Romulo and Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco.

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