Dili – The Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Timor-Leste signed a project document so called “Strengthening anti-corruption, transparency and accountability for sustainable development in Timor-Leste” that funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on Monday (9/7) at Hotel Ramelau Dili.
CAC represented by Commissioner Adérito Pinto Tilman and UNDP represented by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Timor-Leste Roy Trivedy. The signing ceremony witnessed by Minister of Justice Manuel Carceres, Minister of Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs Fidelis Magalhaes, KOICA Country Director Sikhyon Kim, the two Deputy Commissioners; Manuel Bucar, Rui Pereira dos Santos and some staffs.
The project aims to strengthen the transparency and accountability of government institutions at the national and municipal levels and raise awareness among citizens in Timor-Leste about the detrimental impact of corruption on development.
Commissioner Aderito Pinto Tilman in his intervention showed appreciation to KOICA that funded the project through UNDP to elaborate Timor-Leste Anti-Corruption National Strategic Plan.
“On behalf of CAC would like to thank KOICA and UNDP in Timor-Leste, hopefully this cooperation can further strengthen prevention and anti-corruption in Timor-Leste,” Said Commissioner Tilman.
“We will work together to strengthen anti-corruption, accountability and transparency in Timor-Leste’s development. The more, we will prioritize public sector, to authorities to be sensitive about values of anti-corruption in our government”.
The project focuses on finalizing the development of an overall anti-corruption policy/strategy, accompanied with capacity building initiative for civil servants of the national and municipal administrative s office to mitigate corruption in risk areas such as procurement and taxation.
With this comprehensive and multi-stakeholder approach to address corruption, the project envisions, in the longer term, robust, transparent, and accountable government institutions and empowered citizens who can hold accountable.
These goal and objective are in line with the Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan (2011-2030) as well as the “United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste 2015-2019: Supporting Equitable and Sustainable Development in a rising Young Nation”.
Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan for Public Sector Management and Good Governance emphasizes building trust in government through delivering quality public service and promoting civil service values.
The first phase of the CAC-UNDP partnership was formed in 2011-2013, focusing on enhancing the institutional capacity of the newly established CAC in the areas of civil engagement, outreach, partnership building, and civil analytical research on corruption issues as well as delivering a specialized training program for investigation staff. (*)