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Jul 4, 2019

Municipal Leaders in 2-Day UNCAC Training

Today, the United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with the UNDOC, concluded a two-day workshop with municipal leaders. The workshop is part of a strengthening of nation systems for the implementation of the UNCAC. According to U.N.D.P. representative Aldo Garcia, this event seeks to build the capacity and advocate for anti-corruption strategies at municipal levels. Garcia tells us more about the event.

 

Aldo Garcia, Resident Representative, UNDP

“The main goal of this workshop is to work for two days with mayors and authorities from the municipal bodies in order to find the best way to curb corruption and to have the best practices in terms of transparency and prevention to have a better achievement for the people.”

 

Aldo Garcia

Reporter

“What are some best practices that you are encouraging them to adopt?”

 

Aldo Garcia

“The first one is about law; to see if the law in Belize is adequate to prevent corruption. The second one is mechanisms for public procurement, contracting, for payment; mechanism to prevent conflict of interest and mechanisms to prevent bribery and other illegal practices.”

 

Reporter

“When the UNCAC is implemented in Belize; what can the Belizean people expect to see? Will it be committees? How exactly will it function because people look to Guatemala if it will be something similar to CICIG?”

 

Aldo Garcia

“No it is not similar to CICIG because there is an investigation body and this is only one step of the UNCAC’s aims and objectives. There is a first step that is prevention. There are other steps that are to build capacity, to build transparency mechanisms in order to prevent the crime from reoccurring and if the crime reoccurs, then there must be mechanisms to punish them. But UNCAC is not just that part. It is all the process. This is why in this case we are talking about strengthening capacity; giving tools, giving instruments to the municipal leaders to prevent corruption and to have a better and more effective mechanism and better results to the benefit of the people.”

 

Reporter

“How much further does the country have to go in terms of implementation from what you have observed so far?”

 

Aldo Garcia

“Well, the issue is to have a plan if all this final ends in plan with stakeholders, not just government, but civil society, academia and to develop a plan in order to have things in place. So, it is a matter to see what we need and what time it will take to arrive to that result.”

 

The U.N.D.P. says that there will be follow up workshop for legislators.


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