Dili – Deputy Commissioner CAC, José Antonio de Jesus das Neves yesterday (16/4) chaired the fourth regular meeting of Governmental Experts of Timor-Leste Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) into Angola.
Members of the experts comprise representatives from the Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
The expert team will conduct their evaluations based upon Chapter III (Criminalization and Law Enforcement) of UNCAC. Each member of the expert team will analyze the response to the self-assessment checklist that has been provided by Angola.
Deputy Commissioner José Neves also said that the evaluation of Angola’s implementation of UNCAC will be finalized shortly. To complete the desk review, Timor-Leste will continue to communicate and work closely with Angola and UNODC to gather further information through reports or documents that have not been previously supplied.
The expert team will meet again on 25 April to finalize its evaluation of Angola’s UNCAC implementation, continuing Timor-Leste’s strong commitment to its international obligations.
In this meeting, the expert team will also discuss its evaluation of Nauru, the next country in which Timor-Leste will conduct a peer review – occurring as part of the second cycle of the UNCAC review mechanism.
“We anticipate that in May this year, Timor-Leste will be able to send our governmental expert team to Vienna to meet with UNCAC’s Implementation Review Group, and following that, a country visit to Angola is also a possibility,” said Deputy Commissioner Neves.
“We also welcome feedback from Angola on our review, based on their own experiences in implementing UNCAC.”
Timor-Leste’s first cycle review was finalized in 2012, following a desk review and site visit from reviewing countries Namibia and Fiji. (*)