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Timor-Leste and Liberia Jointly Selected as Reviewers for Angola’s UNCAC Implementation

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Dili, 29/06/2012–During the 3rd session of the Implementation Review Group (IRG) of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)  in Vienna, Timor-Leste and Liberia were selected  to jointly review the implementation of this convention by  Angola. The joint selection took place on 18 June 2012 through a new drawing of lots before the representatives of the State Parties to the Convention.

The review process of Angola, as part of the First Cycle Review Mechanism on UNCAC’s implementation, is expected to begin later this year with the preparation of a self-assessment by that country, followed by a desk review.  For reviewing countries like Timor-Leste, it will   entail studying and analyzing laws and regulations, and other evidence related to UNCAC implementation by the reviewed country.  It may also involve an on-site visit to the reviewed country if Angola wishes to do so. The UNCAC’s review focuses on Chapter III regarding Criminalization and Law Enforcement and Chapter IV on International Cooperation.

Timor-Leste submitted last week a list of five governmental experts for this review to the Secretariat of the Review Mechanism in Vienna

Timor-Leste’s role as one of the UNCAC reviewers is the country’s first experience to carry out such international task. The Anti-Corruption Commissioner Adérito de Jesus Soares said, “Timor-Leste’s participation in this international taskforce shows that the country is very responsive and committed to implement its duty as a State Party to the Convention.”

Last year, Timor-Leste differed to become a State Party Reviewer for Cape Verde. It decided to be first reviewed by Namibia and Fiji and to give more time to prepare and to learn from other countries’ experience before exercising its duty as reviewer.

Timor-Leste’s participation in the IRG meeting was represented by Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission José António de Jesus das Neves and was accompanied by UNMIT Judicial Affairs Officer (Institutions), Claudia Sayago.

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