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ACC Commissioner attends 15th IACC conference in Brazil

ACC Commissioner attends 15th IACC conference in Brazil

The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara and two Directors of the ACC recently attended the 15th International Anti Corruption Commission Conference in Brazil from the 7th to the 10th of November 2012.  (Photo: The Sierra Leone delegation with the Commissioner, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara and founder of TI, Peter Eigen, at the centre.)

The conference attracted about one thousand five hundred (1500) participants mainly Heads of State, members of civil society groups, academics, journalists, business and government representatives from one hundred and forty (140) countries.

The International Anti Corruption Conference is the world Premier forum that brings together stakeholders from different quarters to help promote international cooperation among agencies and citizens from all part of the world. The climax of the conference was a declaration made by participants to address the most pressing issues of corruption in today’s world and to combat corruption and fraud through-out the world.

The Chair of the International Anti Corruption Conference, Justice Barry keefe noted that participants need to recognise that “people needs time, fresh ideas and a vibrant civil space. Our role should be to support the people who are willing to change the rules of the game.”

The Head of Transparency International, Hugette Labelle stated that corruption is the single major threat destroying most countries. Labelle noted that the world needs clean governments, which can put up strong resistance to impunity. She stressed that corruption was one of the major reasons for the Arab Uprising. She advised participants to speak out against injustices of corruption so that corrupt people would not have safe haven or impunity.

From left to right: Commissioner, ACC, Lavina Banduah , Head TI Sierra Leone and Shollay Davies, Director-Public Education, ACC

The Head of the Comptroller General of Brazil, Jorge Hage Sobrinho, said that the passing of the Access to information Law and the involvement of the Civil Society in the fight against corruption will yield dividend in the right direction.

In one of the plenary sessions, the participant discussed the need for a Global Solutions against corruption; the need to build a world free of corruption, collaborative effort of everyone and a practical agenda.  In addition, they discussed Anti Corruption Agencies all over the world, pay more attention to women affected by corruption and that emphasis should be placed on preventing corruption.

Another Plenary Session looks at the media as an important tool in the fight against corruption. In this session participants discussed access to information as an essential component in the fight corruption.

At the end of the conference the delegate came up with a declaration that centres around connecting citizens in the fight against corruption with the banner headline “Don’t let them get away with it.”

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