The government of Liberia has joined several state parties in expressing commitment to the full implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
Liberia’s commitment was conveyed by the Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James N. Verdier, at the Sixth Session of the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) held from November 2-6 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The CoSP was established by UNCAC to review implementation and facilitate activities required by the Convention.
Speaking during the plenary session of the CoSP, Cllr. Verdier expressed Liberia’s confidence in and support for the continuation of the Peer Review Mechanism and the Implementation Review Group toward achieving UNCAC’s objectives. Liberia also supported the launching of the Second Cycle of the Peer Review Mechanism in keeping with UNCAC provisions now that the First Cycle has been completed.
According to a LACC release, the conference paid particular attention to asset recovery, with many state parties emphasizing that asset recovery is a fundamental principle of the Convention and a crucial element in achieving sustainable development.
Liberia also joined, co-sponsored and supported several resolutions, including resolutions on: facilitating international cooperation in asset recovery and the return of proceeds of crime to prior legitimate owners; fostering effective asset recovery through domestic action and international cooperation, and; enhancing the use of civil and administrative proceedings against corruption.
At the conference, the LACC boss held bilateral discussions with several state parties and regional organizations on regional and international collaboration in investigating corrupt offenses; identifying the proceeds of crime; confiscating and freezing assets associated with corrupt practices; support and collaboration through the utilization of mutual legal assistance; training as well as twinning arrangements for experience sharing.
Cllr. Verdier later participated in a meeting of executives of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA).
The meeting focused on the just ended NACIWA Training Academy, which took place in Nigeria. The operations of NACIWA’s Work Plan and the Network’s plan to meet with the Nigerian and Gambian presidents to discuss anticorruption policies support for integrity institutions and the need for their establishment in those respective countries.