In pursuit of a strategy to promote transparency and accountability in government the Governance Commission (GC) will today conduct a high level assessment roundtable on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) at a resort in Monrovia.
The Anti-Corruption initiative, according to GC, is a prime focus of government as manifested by the establishment and improvement of several institutions and agencies including the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Internal Auditing Agency (IAA) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).
Corruption, according to the GC, is defined in the Liberian context as bribery, embezzlement and extortion; abuse of office, misapplication of entrusted property by an official of public or private institutions. Other forms of corruption are nepotism, tribalism, offering, soliciting or accepting sexual favors in exchange for the performance or omission of an act associated with entrusted authority.
Also illicit enrichment, rigging of elections and the sale of votes are considered acts of corruption.
A GC release indicates that the anti-corruption strategy endeavors to ensure a coordinated, consistent, efficient, realistic and sustainable fight against corruption and to promote full participation of all Liberians and other stakeholders in its elimination.
GC hopes that the roundtable will assist the relevant authorities to develop a platform to plan, execute and monitor the anti-corruption strategy; design a system for implementation of the strategy, formulate ways to incorporate the national Code of Conduct within the implementation strategy, and sponsor public awareness programs promoting a culture of integrity and ethical behavior in society.
The roundtable discussion on Anti-Corruption Strategy is expected to host Vice President and recently petitioned Presidential candidate, Joseph Boakai, who will chair the event.
Also expected at the event are Dr. Alpha Simpson, DAH Consulting Inc. and Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh.
Governance Commission Chairman, Dr. Amos Sawyer will deliver the opening statement.