GIS - 07 December, 2018: The International Anti-corruption Day will be observed on 09 December 2018, with the aim of raising awareness on the harmful effects of corruption and of the role of the United Nations’ United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in combatting and preventing corruption. This year the chosen theme for the celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day in Mauritius is, ‘ Moris san koripsion depann lor mwa’.
The commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day is an opportunity to take stock of the progress achieved so far in the fight against corruption, raise general awareness about the destructive effects of corruption, and secure the community’s active engagement in the national fight against corruption. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the UNCAC on 31 October 2003 and it entered into force on 14 December 2005. Mauritius was one of the first countries to sign the Convention in 2003 in Merida, Mexico, and later ratified it in December 2004.
On this occasion, in a message addressed to public servants, the Director General of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Mr Navin Beekarry, highlighted the far reaching consequences of corruption, which as a hideous crime can undermine social and economic development in all societies. Moreover, it breeds inequality, unfairness and injustice. He emphasised that any act of corruption is considered as a serious criminal behavior and conduct that represents a risk to the offender both on a professional and personal level.
Mr Beekarry recalled that the ICAC, as an anti-corruption body is leading a national fight against corruption for a corruption-free Mauritius , by adopting a national strategy against corruption in partnership with its stakeholders, including Public Officers. He indicated that besides investigation and prosecution, it has over the years undertaken a sustained preventive educational campaign to embed corruption resistance within the structures of public and private sector organisations and create general awareness amongst public officials and the public at large on the need to fight corruption and nurture a culture of integrity.
A number of projects/programmes/tools, he added, have been developed for implementation in the public sector, including Guidelines for Public Officers, the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Framework, the designation and training of Integrity Officers within Ministries and Parastatals, Integrity Management Toolkit and Best Practice Guides, among others.
He appealed for an active engagement of public servants to support these initiatives as they are geared towards bringing about a change in mindset so that personal integrity becomes central to Public officers’ actions and initiatives.
According to the Director General, everyone is assigned with the social responsibility to fight against corruption and that the community at large should join forces and develop a strong partnership to eliminate corruption for a better world for children and the next generation.
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