FLOOD RECOVERY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

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A chance for honesty

  As Thailand emerges from the current flood crisis, the country is focused on efforts to rebuild and recover. While this process will be challenging, it also presents a unique opportunity to internalise good governance measures within the recovery efforts _ measures that can have a dramatic impact on getting the country back on track.

      Elephants from the Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal help clean the grounds at Wat Phra Si Sanphet near King U-Thong statue in central Ayutthaya after the floodwaters receded last month. It will indeed be a mammoth task for the government to properly supervise the vast rebuilding and rehabilitation projects across the country.  Taking advantage of this opportunity will ensure a comprehensive and effective recovery programme. It will also create conditions that will strengthen the public's trust in Thailand's institutions and make its public sector more responsive, efficient and accountable.

 A close look at countries that are governed well shows that governance is more about designing a well-oiled government machine. No machine can run by itself and no government can either, no matter how dedicated its political leaders or how skilled its career employees. What is also needed are citizens who actively participate and take on the responsibility to keep government open and honest.

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