By Edwin G. Wandah
The Liberia Anti-Corruption Committee- LACC in collaboration with stakeholders yesterday began a thorough training dialogue on the UN Convention Against corruption, forming mechanism on the smooth implementation review. The training convention which was held at the National Elections Commission-NEC brought together several stakeholders including key Government institutions in the fight against corruption such as the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary Branches of Government which also tackled the Peer review of Liberia in its 2013 State Party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
Other key stakeholder participating in the training dialogue include Government Ministries and agencies such as the Ministry of Justice, the General Auditing Commission- GAC, the Governance Commission- GC, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission-PPCC, the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative-LEITI, the Private Sector, the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Civil Society, the National Integrity Forum-NIF, the International Community and the Media.
Earlier, a release from the Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison in a communication addressed explained that Liberia as a member of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption-UNCAC will along with two other parties to the UNCAC, Benin and South and South Africa determine Liberia’s progress in the implementation of the Convention.
According to Cllr. Allison, the purpose of the Peer review process which is conducted under the mechanism for the Review of implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption is to assist State parties in their implementation of the Convention and according to the review process, it will amongst other things promote and strengthen measures to prevent and combat corruption more efficiently and effectively; promote, facilitate and support international cooperation and technical assistance in the prevention of and fight against corruption, including in asset recovery and promote integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs and public property, while also promote the conference with information on the measures taken by State Parties in implementing the convention and the difficulties encountered by them in doing so and help State Parties to identify and substantiate specific needs for technical assistance and promote and facilitate the provision of technical assistance.
Meanwhile, several stakeholders at the training expressed gratitude for the program and thanked the LACC for the fight against Corruption and also pledged to work with government’s arms to jointly fight corruption in the Liberian society.