Top UN envoy in TimorLeste calls for sustained attention against corruption

“In some countries it has been apparent that corruption has hindered development of the State, leaving as victims in its wake the citizens, institutions and democratic processes in those countries,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Timor-Leste, Kamalesh Sharma, told the opening session of a two-day conference on transparency and accountability in Dili, the capital.On the other hand, “good, clean governance and adherence to the rule of law can play an important role in promoting stable economic, social and political environments,” Mr. Sharma added.He acknowledged the progress already made in Timor-Leste in this area but also recognized that “sustained attention against corruption and the continuing encouragement for transparency and accountability within public administration are inevitable for ongoing development in Timor-Leste.”Mr. Sharma also called for a broad-based approach for international cooperation, which in today’s increasingly interdependent world could be a powerful tool in taking effective measures to curb corruption.The Timorese Government is organizing the conference with support from the UN Mission of Support in the country (UNMISET) and from the UN Development Programme. read more

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