Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Governance Reform Task Force, set up to recommend appropriate measures on governance, audit and compliance, met informally on the sidelines of the AFC committees last week.
The objective of the task force is to achieve best practices in transparency, accountability, democracy, organisational structure, financial governance, commercial rights, selection of hosts of the competition and events, ethical and integrity matters apart from developing AFC Strategic Plan for 2015-2019.
The AFC Executive Committee had approved the setting up of this task force in its meeting on November 26, 2013.
AFC has already started the process of reforms over the past year by setting up an Ethics Committee and adopting the AFC Code of Ethics apart from creating a separate department dedicated to assist in issues related to match manipulation.
The confederation has also developed a new HR and finance procurement procedures, risk management framework and an internal audit charter.
AFC has also adopted the AFC Code of Conduct and AFC Electoral Code.
And the AFC Extraordinary Congress in Sao Paulo on June 9, 2014, will also elect members for the AFC Electoral Committee and AFC Election Appeals Committee, paving the way for a transparent election process.
The AFC Governance Reform Task Force will meet in May and will deliver concrete recommendations in six months’ time to the AFC Executive Committee.
The Task Force Members are independent from the AFC Executive Committee and reflect a broad range of experience. They will be supported by independent external advice.
AFC Governance Reform Task Force:
Ali Kafashian (IRN) - Chairman
Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (PHI) - Deputy Chairman
CJ Park (KOR) - Member
Joko Driyono (IDN) - Member
Nasar Al Tahar (KUW) - Member
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