Press Release on Global Expert Group Meeting

The Global Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the Jakarta Principles will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 25-27 July 2018 co-hosted by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in Sri Lanka, UNODC, and UNDP, Sri Lanka. His Excellency, Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka will grace the inauguration of the EGM as the chief guest.

Adopted by experts and practitioners at a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2012, the Jakarta Principles aim to strengthen the effectiveness and independence of anti-corruption authorities around the world. Present and former heads of anti-corruption authorities from over 30 countries and international anti-corruption experts will attend the 3-day meeting.
This Expert Group Meeting is convened to develop a “Commentary on the Jakarta Statement on Principles for Anti-Corruption Agencies” in response to a request by UNCAC member states to develop a knowledge base on the effective implementation of Articles 6 and 36 of UNCAC. The adoption of the Commentary, based on international best practices and norms will assist UNCAC member states effectively implement the Jakarta Principles in order to strengthen the independence of national anti-corruption authorities.

While the opportunity to co-host, the EGM is a reflection of international recognition of Sri Lanka’s journey towards a corruption free society, CIABOC welcomes the invitation to co-host the EGM extended in recognition of its recent active participation in anti-corruption initiatives in the region. As CIABOC has progressed far in the process of drafting the national Anti-Corruption Action Plan, which included island-wide consultations with the public and specialized sectors to solicit their views, it looks forward to strengthening the draft Action Plan with international best practices shared at this forum. CIABOC is also mandated by the Cabinet of Ministers to draft a fresh CIABOC Act, the process of which will benefit immensely from enhanced clarity, international best practices, and comparative experiences regarding the most important of recommendations contained in the Jakarta Principles.

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