The government does not accept, support or endorse any offer for assistance by or in collaboration with the tobacco industry in setting or implementing public health policies in relation to tobacco control. The government does not allow any tobacco industry representative in its delegation to the Conference of the Parties (COP) or its related meetings.
The government is not allowed to form partnerships with or receive any contributions from the tobacco industry including CSR-related activities or contributions.
The government does not give privileges, incentives, exemptions or benefits to the tobacco industry, nor does it allow any extension in the implementation of policy and legislation.
Top level government officials do not meet with/foster relations with tobacco companies or attend any social functions and other events sponsored or organized by tobacco companies.
Any interactions with the tobacco industry in cases where such interactions are strictly necessary for regulation, have to be conducted in a transparent manner to avoid any negative impressions and conflicts of interest. No such interactions were conducted in 2019.
No retired senior government official forms any part of the tobacco industry, nor do any current officials hold any positions with a tobacco company.
A code of conduct (circular) was endorsed and circulated to all civil servants in November 2019. Any interactions with the tobacco industry and its representatives must be conducted in a transparent manner. The code disallows the acceptance of all forms of contributions/gifts from the tobacco industry including offers of assistance.
With the endorsement and distribution of the code of conduct, monitoring and evaluation of its implementation is required in ensuring all the measures are being put in place and followed. Hence, a survey is planned to be conducted to assess its implementation. Any future action will be determined by the results of this survey.
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