The commitments were made at the 12th Regional Seminar of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)/ OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific, hosted by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Timor-Leste from 24-25 July 2013.
“Corruption is, in short, destructive to the values for which the Timorese people fought and, in many cases, died,” said H.E. Taur Matan Ruak, President of the Republic of Timor-Leste, in his opening address at the seminar. “Overcoming this challenge is a precondition for the very success of the country’s economic and social development project.”
The 27 of the 31 Members of the ADB/OECD Initiative in attendance agreed to strengthen anti-corruption agencies by:
- Strengthening the actual independence of anti-corruption authorities, and
- Securing the support of civil society, media, private sector and key government agencies.
The Initiative’s Members also agreed that whistle blowing is a key to detect and deter corruption, and should be encouraged and facilitated by:
- Providing clear and accessible channels for reporting corruption, and
- Protecting whistleblowers report in good faith and reasonable grounds from reprisals
“The ADB/OECD Initiative is pleased to support its members’ ant-corruption efforts by providing a forum to learn and share experience,” said Shane Rosenthal, Resident Representative of ADB’s special office in Timor-Leste.
The Anti-Corruption Commission of Timor-Leste hosted the Initiative’s 18th steering Group meeting on 23-24 July 2013, which include a consultation session civil society, media and the private sector.
The full text of the seminar’s conclusions is available online at: www.oecd.org/corruption/asiapacific.