Two-day conference strengthens anti-corruption ties between Timor-Leste and Indonesia

Dili – Anti-corruption commissions and civil society organizations in Timor-Leste and Indonesia have come together to exchange knowledge in the fight against corruption.

Representatives from Indonesia’s premier anti-corruption body Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) and NGO Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) arrived in Dili for the two-day conference, held from 14-15 August at the Palm Business & Trade Center in Surik Mas.

The conference, funded by German Cooperation, was initiated by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which, as a federally owned enterprise, supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

The Timor-Leste Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) has identified strengthening institutional cooperation with Indonesia and increasing civil society capacity as two of its priorities during its second mandate.

In the past KPK has supported CAC by holding training programs in areas including investigations and corruption prevention for staff in Jakarta. This conference was the next step in sharing experiences and knowledge to develop better strategies for corruption prevention, education and research and increase staff capacity.

“We know learning and collaborating with our colleagues in other jurisdictions can lead to greater domestic benefits,” CAC Commissioner Aderito Tilman said.

“Over the last two days, my staff have learnt valuable skills from anti-corruption practitioners that have been fighting corruption in Indonesia for many years. I look forward to continuing this exchange of information and building stronger ties with KPK.”

A number of workshops were held, including: corruption prevention approaches; education and outreach strategies; the role of civil society; and international and national cooperation.

“How do we learn? We learn from all the organizations that are in or out of the country. Therefore, we view cooperation among agencies domestically and internationally as a way to strengthen the Commission itself,” said Indonesian KPK delegation chief Johnson Ginting.

“I hope that our experiences will be useful for as long as my colleagues are here to build better development and programs that can be useful for the community.”
Recognizing the important role of civil society in bringing transparency and accountability to government processes, the Friday morning session was dedicated to experiences and knowledge exchange.

“An active public is essential for the tackling of corruption, which is why German development cooperation also focuses on strengthening civil society,” said acting country coordinator for GIZ, Mr. Heinz-Josef Heile.

“Germany is an active participant in international agreements such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and continues to work closely with Transparency International. We are happy that this conference could take place today.”

Representatives from a range of Timor-Leste government institutions joined CAC staff at the conference, including from the Prosecutor-General’s Office, the Inspector-General of State, the Office of the Ombudsman for Human Rights and Justice and inspectors from line ministries. (*)

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