CAC Presents Its Annual Report in Plenary First Time

Dili 17/05/2013—This last Tuesday, Anti-Corruption Commissioner Adérito de Jesus Soares presented the Commission’s 2012 Annual Report in Plenary Session of the National Parliament. This was the first time the Commission was given opportunity to present its progress report before the lawmakers since the Office was established three years ago. The plenary was presided by President of the National Parliament Vicente Guterres and was attended by more than 2/3 members from the four party benches, namely, the Conselho Nacional Reconstrusaun Timorense (CNRT); Frente Revolusionária do Timor-Leste Independente (FRETILIN); Partidu Demokrátiku (PD); and Frente Mudansa (FM). In his presentation, Commissioner Adérito was not only presenting CAC’s 2012 progress, however, since that was the first given opportunity, the presentation also covered the Commission’s progress report for the last three years that was started from scratch in the areas of prevention, criminal investigation and education campaign and research activities. Among other areas were highlighted included capacity building of staff in country and overseas in the areas of investigation, auditing, expenditure tracking system and English and Portuguese languages; the public outreach campaign throughout 13 districts which involved government officials in line ministries, local authorities, students and civil society organization. In his address, Commissioner Adérito was very keen in stating CAC’s progress based on the law and its annual workplan as well as the challenges. The lawmakers were pleased with the Commission’s work progress despite many challenges continue to face. They reaffirmed their political and moral supports and encouraged the Commission to continue working for preventing and combating corruption in Timor-Leste without fear. The presentation which was accompanied by other CAC Senior Management members was broadcasted live through Timor-Leste Radio and Television.

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