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CEPAD calls for collective action against corruption in Timor-Leste

CEPAD calls for collective action against corruption in Timor-Leste

CEPAD Executive Director, Joao Boavida/Image TATOLI/Egas Cristóvão

DILI, 08 december 2023 (TATOLI) – Centre of Studies for Peace and Development (CEPAD) calls on national leaders, religious leaders, civil society, private sectors, media, and all citizens to join forces and intensify efforts to tackle corruption that affects national development and economic growth.

CEPAD Executive Director, Joao Boavida said corruption is the biggest enemy of the development, saying new initiatives and immediate actions are required to boost progress against corruption in the country.

Boavida urges the Government and the National Parliament to appoint a new commissioner of Timor-Leste’s Anti-Corruption Commission to lead the institution: “It is necessary to appoint a new leader to fill the vacant position as soon as possible in order to lead the institution in carrying out criminal investigations into numerous corruption cases that have been delayed for some time.”

He explained that the impacts of corruption disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people in Timor-Leste, saying if leaders are not united to fight this serious crime, it will continue to weaken Timor-Leste’s economic growth and put many Timorese in danger. 

“Tackling corruption requires a collective action approach, which means that all parties must play their part,”  Boavida told TATOLI at his office in Dili.  

Boavida stressed that corruption has increased income inequality and poverty in the country: “For example, many children of poor people don’t have access to a good education, adequate healthcare, clean water and sanitation, etc.”

Meanwhile, Arnaldo da Costa Lopes, an academician at UNPAZ University, also called on members of the government and civil servants to prevent corruption.

Lopes said that the new commissioner must show his toughness, seriousness, and independence from political affiliation in the fight against corruption to hold those who commit this type of crime accountable for their actions.

To celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD), CEPAD, in collaboration with LABEH, CAC, and other relevant entities, will organize anti-corruption awareness activities in Dili on december 9 to call for unity against corruption in the country.

This year’s theme for International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) is UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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