Guyana has made progress in advancing anti-bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering measures, Advisor to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) Dr. Sam Sittlington said.
Today, Dr. Sittlington made a presentation to Members of Parliament in the Chambers of the National Assembly on the importance of Guyana’s efforts to combat corruption.
The advisor noted that progress has been which is important to Guyana’s international image. He added good governance is an effective way of tempering business exploitation while reflecting good management.
“The importance of showing leadership and responsibility in this regard will give confidence to foreign governments and commercial entities that you are a nation that could do more business with and provide further investment,”
Dr. Sittlington’s presentation was centred around five of the principles under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCNAC). Guyana ratified the UNCAC in 2008.
He explained that bribery and corruption range from petty to grand and stressed that strong anti-corrupt internal systems that reinforce partiality, transparency, zero tolerance and communication with the public can be developed to counter negative perceptions.
The government, through SOCU, has been facilitating ongoing training of investigators to better address the challenges of investigating bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering.
The government has enacted and is moving to enact more legislation that will tackle bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering across sectors.
By: Tiffny Rhodius.