Timor Leste’s International Conference on Corruption Paves Way for Greater Accountability

Dili, April 22, 2010 — The National Parliament of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, with funding and support from The Asia Foundation and USAID, held the Second International Conference on Corruption from April 21-22. The conference enlightened participants on the role of the National Parliament in combating corruption. Senior statesmen from legislatures in other developing countries shared their experience in eradicating corruption, provided insights into how parliamentarians can enhance their oversight of corruption, and identified gaps in existing legislation.

Mrs. Cipriana Pereira, President of the National Parliament’s Sub-Committee C on Anti-Corruption, explained, “This was our Second International Conference on Corruption.  We invited key international experts such as Global Organization of Parliamentarian Against Corruption and other experts in the legislative arena and national speakers, to share their ideas and perspectives on the impact of corruption on national development and successful approaches to fight corruption.”

Timor-Leste government members, leaders from all 13 districts, academics institutions, foreign embassies, international organizations and private sectors relevant to eradicating corruption attended.

“What is corruption in the context of Timor-Leste?” asked Silas Everett, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation in Timor-Leste. “We know the future of the country rests on efficient and effective spending of its petroleum wealth. In this sense, fighting corruption is a national effort—to define corruption and to ensure the coordination of national agencies with the business community, civil society, and local authorities.  Parliament’s constitutional role in this regard makes its leadership essential.”

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