Dili – A new three-year project supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will help fight corruption in Timor-Leste by strengthening law enforcement capacities and empowering civil society.
UNODC Country Manager, Mr. Troels Vester and Anti-Corruption Commissioner, Mr. Adérito António Pinto Tilman, officially launched the project at CAC’s Meeting Room Farol, Dili.
The project will be financially supported by the Government of Norway.
“UNODC believes that the key to success in fighting against corruption is through joint and collaborative efforts by all parties,” Mr Vester said at the launch of the project.
“In order to support the anti-corruption efforts of the Government of Timor Leste, as well as to promote the development of its anti-corruption strategy, UNODC will ensure the involvement and engagement of all parts of society in the prevention and fight against corruption.”
Commissioner Tilman welcomed the commitment from UNODC, and also extended his gratitude to the Government of Norway for supporting the project.
“CAC looks forward to working with skilled anti-corruption practitioners that can help our institution strengthen its capacity, and develop new skills in the areas of law enforcement and community partnership building,” Commissioner Tilman said.
“In addition, we consider the development of a national anti-corruption strategy an integral part of helping every one of Timor-Leste’s citizens develop a strong sense of rejecting corruption.
“CAC is also committed to playing an active role in fighting corruption on a global scale, through our involvement in international frameworks and by working with our colleagues in other anti-corruption institutions.”
In developing the terms of the project, UNODC and CAC have identified a number of areas where support will be focused:
• Development of a national anti-corruption strategy and accompanying action plan. Assistance will be given from the UNODC in development, while ensuring the process is nationally-owned and strengthens the country’s own capacity to develop, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the strategy and action plan.
• Capacity building of national staff to better investigate, prosecute and adjudicate corruption cases. CAC staff will have access to seasoned anti-corruption practitioners through workshops and other training methods.
• Support for the strengthening of institutional capacity. This will encompass development of internal ethics and discipline mechanisms and support to conducting regular anti-corruption assessments.
UNODC anti-corruption efforts in Timor-Leste will also focus on support to meet requirements of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), particularly follow-up recommendations of the UNCAC state parties review for the implementation of Chapters III (Criminalization and Law Enforcement) and IV (International Cooperation).
Based on the recent outcome of the review process, UNODC will assist the Timor-Leste Government to translate outcomes into an effective legal framework. The end goal will be to place the Government in a position to introduce legal and institutional reforms necessary to fully incorporate UNCAC provisions into their domestic legal framework.
Interested stakeholders, including civil society, are encouraged to contact UNODC and CAC in the future to learn more about how they can participate in the project. (*)
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