Dili – The Anti Corruption Commission (CAC) of Timor-Leste, Ministry of Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs (RLAP) organized the two-day national workshop conducted a National Consultation Workshop on the Contribution to the Draft of the Anti-Corruption Law. The national workshop facilitated by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations Development program (UNDP) Timor-Leste. The event held during two days (21-22) November 2018 at Suai Conference Room Timor Plaza Dili Timor-Leste.
The consultations gathered policy-makers, legal experts from the National Parliament and other relevant bodies, and international experts to share best practices and international experiences and enable discussions on the draft Law.
The event opened by Minister of Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs Fidelis Leite Magalhaes. In his intervention he emphasized on the importance of political will as a foundation to combat corruption. “The legislation against corruption is one of indicators of political will”, as he addressed to the representatives of 32 publics and Civil Society institutions that presented. Minister Magalhaes also underlined the importance of the protection of witnesses and whistles blower.
Furthermore, Minister Magalhaes reaffirmed the current government policy on good governance, which is reflected in its programs such as institutional reform, e-planning, promote a good cooperation among the institutions in preventing and fighting against corruption.
Meanwhile, the Regional Adviser of the UNODC based in Bangkok Thailand Ms. Zorana Markovic in her opening speech agreed the importance of political will to support the efforts of combating corruption. And she observed that TL has already political will to precede the process of the development of anti-corruption law.
Ms. Markovic also explained that the national workshop is continuation of mutual cooperation between UNODC and CAC Timor-Leste to contribute to the development of the draft of the anti-corruption law. Therefore, the representatives of UNODC will devote the two days workshops, to share their expertise and experiences around the world on how to develop the anti-corruption law and wished that it will assist the participants to have a broader horizon in the process of the development of the anti-corruption law in Timor-Leste. (*)