Dili – Over 30 public servants from the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport (SEJD) – ranging from the Director-General to policy officers – today (14/5) learnt new techniques on how to fight corruption in their workplace.
The public servants were at an internal workshop on the topic of Disclosing Functional Laws of the Public Service (Rights, Obligations and Prohibitions). The Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) attended, where Acting Commissioner Manuel Bucar delivered an address on the CAC’s Law (Fighting Corruption).
The workshop in Dili was organised by the Internal Auditor and Cabinet of the Inspectorate of SEJD.
In the morning session, Commissioner Bucar delivered information about CAC’s law, what corruption means, types of corruption, and corruption study cases to the participants. CAC Prevention Officer Lizia de Carvalho Soares then ran a training session in the afternoon on the topic of ‘How to Prevent and Fight Corruption in the Workplace’.
The Prevention Directorate of CAC is holding these workshops as part of its 2014-15 Prevention Plan, which identifies four priority areas at risk of corruption, have been identified: Decentralization of Government Power, Procurement, Customs and Political Will.
Commissioner Bucar, participants that as public service managers, it is integral that they practice honesty and serve their country with integrity to avoid any temptation of corrupt practices in the workplace.
The presentations delivered today by CAC were important tools in helping expand the participants’ horizons. Public servants were very enthusiastic during the workshop, getting involved by giving own suggestions on what they can do to stop corruption in the workplace.
A question and answer session was also held, where participants were able to give their own suggestions and recommendations on what CAC can do in the future to help prevent corruption.
CAC will continue to reaffirm that by itself, it cannot rid Timor-Leste of corruption – the country’s citizens must also utilize their collective power to fight corruption. We will support citizens by fortifying their knowledge and providing them with the tools to say no to corruption in their daily lives – whether at home or at work. (*)