12 September 2012

Anit-Corruption Commission meets with National Parliament Committee A

Aderito de Jesus Soares
ETLJB 12 September 2012 - On 4 September 2012, the Anti Corruption Commissioner Aderito de Jesus Soares led a team to meet for the first time with the President of Parliamentary Committee A on Constitutional Affairs, Justice, Local Power and Anti-Corruption comprised of MP Carmelita Caetano Moniz and her team.

During the meeting, Members of the Committee A were informed about the work of the Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) over the last two years and its future work-plans. Progress has been achieved by the CAC in the areas of corruption crime investigation, prevention, education campaign and research, development of  Strategic Planning, and Timor-Leste’s involvement in implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

The Members of the Parliamentary Committee were also informed about the challenges facing the Commission in those areas of works, particularly in relation to human resources capacity and the workplace.

In terms of future program activities, CAC presented the Committee with a concept note on asset declaration for further discusion.

After the presentation, Members of the Committee A were given an opportunity for questions and comments, during which all political partie represented on the Committee expressed support for CAC's and encouraged the Commission to continue institutional strengthening by providing capacity building for its staff. The Members also encouraged CAC to maintain its close collaboration with other institutions to ensure the effort of combating corruption is more effective.

Commissioner Aderito proposed regular meetings between CAC and Committee A for updating and information sharing. The proposal was unanimously welcomed by the Committee and it was decided that quarterly meetings would be scheduled as well as an attendance by the Committee at the office of the CAC.

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