Audit team aims to prevent collusion in joint ventures A special team created by the graft watchdog to prevent collusion between the government and private companies involved in joint ventures is up and running, but its chief has warned it has a difficult job. Such ventures were challenging to audit, the director of the ICAC's corruption prevention department, Thomas Chan Chi-sun, said. His department is responsible for auditing the practices and procedures of government departments and public bodies to identify and reduce opportunities for corruption. It also provides advice to private bodies when requested. Mr Chan said the new team, which started work in April, was breaking new ground in drawing up ways to avert opportunities for corruption, which was more challenging than just examining existing practices. He said the new role was more complex and the Independent Commission Against Corruption was gaining new experience in the field. 'The overseas experience showed that the success or failure of such projects hinged on the public's perception of their credibility,' he said. However, Mr Chan said the ICAC would not be involved in studying bids submitted or other decision-making processes, which were technical issues best left to professionals. Besides the work on public-private sector co-operation, the department was also working on a number of other projects concerning the government, Mr Chan said. Two such audits concerned recent initiatives taken by the government. The first covers the random sample checks conducted by the Food Safety Centre, which was opened last month, and the centre's complaint-handling procedures, while the other covers the Construction Waste Disposal Charging Scheme, which came into effect in January.