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Mauritius hosts global conference on anti-corruption reform in Small Island Developing States

Mauritius hosts global conference on anti-corruption reform in Small Island Developing States

Mauritius is currently hosting a Global Conference on anti-corruption reform in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with the objective of follow-up action and common recommendations for SIDS as well as a platform for sharing technical experiences to address challenges in  implementing anti-corruption reforms and identifying opportunities for collaboration among SIDS.

The Global Conference on Anti-Corruption Reform in Small IslandDeveloping States (SIDS) organised at the initiative of Mauritius’ Ministry of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, opened yesterday at the Le Méridien Hotel, Pointe Aux Piments.

The main objective is to support follow-up action and common recommendations for SIDS arising during the first cycle of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Review Mechanism.

It will act as a platform for sharing technical experiences to address challenges in anti-corruption reforms and identifying opportunities for collaboration among SIDS.

The 5-day conference also aims at developing a number of identified principles to guide anti-corruption reform in SIDS, including technical assistance needs. It will also adopt a communiqué outlining points of action for anti-corruption reform to further implement UNCAC in island states.

The Global Conference is designed to be conducted in an interactive manner and will include substantive presentations, panel and group discussions, and plenary sessions. Introductory presentations will be provided by UNODC and UNDP outlining the aims of each session.

 

Heads of agencies and other senior anti-corruption officials from SIDS are participating in this conference. Other delegates include focal points for the Review Mechanism on the implementation of the UNCAC and other anti-corruption practitioners.

The following countries are represented at the conference: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Cap Verde, Comoros, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papa New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. Additionally, Sri Lanka and Madagascar have also been invited.

 

Finally, participants are expected to present their national experiences on selected topics on the agenda and/or to contribute to the discussions throughout the conference which will end on August 21.

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