Dili, June 15, 2010 — The National Parliament of Timor-Leste officially launches a chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption (GOPAC). The establishment of a GOPAC chapter in Timor-Leste, arose in part due to a resolution from the anti-corruption conference held on April 21-22, 2010.
The conference brought together members of parliament, academia, and the government.¬† At the April conference, a dozen members of parliament committed their support to anti-corruption in Timor-Leste. Three main points on the resolution were: legislation to eradicate corruption; institutional building; and corruption prevention.
The Asia Foundation has been requested to serve as the Secretariat for the Timor-Leste National Chapter of GOPAC. In this regard, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Timor-Leste, Silas Everett said that “…in a strong democracy, legislatures serve actively on the front lines of the fight against corruption. The GOPAC chapter has already brought together members of parliament in this fight despite their party differences. The Foundation is honored to respond to the Parliament’s request for assistance in launching of the GOPAC chapter in Timor-Leste.”
“We hope that by establishing GOPAC today it will foster a strong commitment from the members of the National Parliament, who will then be able to, in one voice and vision, fight against corruption in Timor-Leste,” said Cipriana Pereira, President of the National Parliament’s Sub-Committee C on Anti-Corruption.
Ms. Pereira explained that in order to build a political capacity in the parliament regarding combating corruption, there is a need for both unity and GOPAC. These important steps will serve as the starting point to organize the Parliament around one vision.
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