Dili, 07/05/2013—In an effort to prevent corruption in the public sector in Timor-Leste, the Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) is not only engaging with the civil service but also with the military entities.
Last month, CAC held a one-day seminar with staff of the Secretary of State for Defense where participants were provided information on the role of military institution in preventing corruption and how to strengthen effective control system in the administration, finance, and procurement services in order to prevent corruption in the military sector. Similar workshop was also held with the staff from the Secretary of State for Security late last year.
Among distinguished participants from the Defense Secretariat who participated in the one-day seminar on “Corruption and Procurement” were Secretary of State for Defense Julio Tomas Pinto; Chief of Staff of Falintil-Forsa Defeza Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) Coronel Falur Rate Laek and General Director of the Office of Secretary of Defense Francisco Amaral da Silva.
CAC Commissioner Adérito de Jesus Soares in his address to participants in the seminar, he talked about corrupt practices in public sector and the risks of corruption in procurement in the military sector and how to prevent such ill manner. In his statement, Commissioner Adérito stated that military institution is one of the important stakeholders in the country in preventing corruption in public sector.