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Anti-Corruption Trailblazers in Myanmar

Legislators from the Assembly of the Union of Myanmar gathered in Nay Pi Taw, Myanmar on 29 June 2013 for the start of a two-day workshop to strengthen the fight against corruption in Myanmar. The event welcomed 30 parliamentarians from across party lines and included representatives from national parliamentary committees. Spectrum, a local NGO, worked with GOPAC to organize the workshop.
 
The Speaker of the House, U Khin Aung Myint, opened the workshop with great enthusiasm for the fight against corruption and the need for transparency. He also spoke of the importance of collaboration. He said: “Corruption is a crime and therefore we need to have active participation to fight corruption as well as cooperation to reach our goals.”
The two-day workshop focused on parliamentary ethics and conduct, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), and transparency and accountability in the management of public finance. Participants were introduced to the Handbook on Parliamentary Ethics and Conduct - A Guide for Parliamentarians and requested for a Myamnar translation to facilitate its implementation.
 
While there remain some steps before a national chapter can be officially launched, things are well on their way for GOPAC Myanmar. The participants formed an Interim Steering Committee with the goal of launching an official GOPAC chapter in the coming months. The committee is led by Naing Ngan Lin and includes committee members Steven Tha Bik, U Khin Maung Yi, Daw Mi Myint Than , and U Je Yaw Wu.

Improving the Partisan Landscape of Politics in Benin

The African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption Benin (APNAC Benin) and the Beninese Association of Constitutional Law hosted a workshop about the status of opposition parties in Benin with the goal of improving the partisan landscape in Benin politics. The two-day event, which started 4 July 2013, was also supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

Over 30 parliamentarians, repre- sentatives from political parties, civil society actors, and experts from the Beninese legal system participated in the event.
They were joined by the Hon Boniface Yehouétomé, second Vice-President of the National Assembly, the Hon Vlavonou Louis, Chair of APNAC Benin, and Prof Joel Aivo, President of the Beninese Association of Constitutional Law.

During the two days, participants engaged in discussions, debates and workshop activities. They also explored ways in which to improve the legal framework for the establishment, operation and financing of political parties in Benin.
Please Join GOPAC for the
 
Fifth Forum of Parliamentarians
National Legislators and International Law in the Struggle for Accountability



27 November 2013
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Atlapa Convention Center
Panama City, Panama



For confirmations and other inquiries, you may contact Ms. Priya Sood, GOPAC Global Secretariat Program Advisor at FP2013@gopacnetwork.org.

This is a special event which is part of the
Fifth Conference of States Parties to the UNCAC, from 25-29 November 2013

GOPAC Mexico workshop

On 27 June 2013, anti-corruption advocates gathered in Mexico City, Mexico for an international seminar on corruption with a focus on the administration and enforcement of justice. The event was hosted by GOPAC Mexico and GOPAC Latin America and the Caribbean in collaboration with the Attorney General's Office and the Federal Judicial Council. Speakers from Argentina, Spain, Italy and Peru lent their voices to the proceedings.

The opening ceremony was led by the Chair of GOPAC Mexico and GOPAC Latin America and the Caribbean, Ricardo Garcia Cervantes, who was joined by Renan Cleominio Zoreda Novelo, Deputy Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico Specializing in the Investigation of Federal Crimes, Juan Carlos Cruz Razo, member of GOPAC
Mexico and of the Federal Judiciary Council, and Mariano Azuela Güitrón, Director of the Institute of Jurisprudence Research and Promotion and Dissemination of Judicial Ethics.
 
“Corruption is not only a factor in social disintegration, but it also leads to unstable living conditions and threatens the state,” said Mr García Cervantes.
 
The event consisted of four workshops dealing with corruption as it relates to the administration and enforcement of justice including: a general session on fighting corruption; a session on civil society’s role in fighting corruption; a session on the prevention of corrupt acts and the role assets declarations; and a session on information transparency and accountability.

Rwanda workshop

Over 100 anti-corruption advocates gathered at the Parliament Buildings in Kigali, Rwanda the 28-30 June for a workshop focused on strengthening the role of African parliaments in the fight against corruption and promoting public finance management. The three-day event was hosted by the Rwandan chapter of the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC-Rwanda) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Participants included members of APNAC’s executive, members from APNAC national chapters from countries who are part of the East African Community (EAC), Rwandan lawmakers and heads of EAC anti-corruption authorities.
GOPAC Board Member and Chair of APNAC-Rwanda, Senator Marie Claire Mukasine spoke at the event, emphasizing the importance of APNAC’s partnership with the AfDB for the event for the future of the fight against corruption in Rwanda and within the region. Sen Mukasine was also joined by Jacob Diko Mukete, from the AfDB's governance department, and Dr Jean Damascene Ntawukuliryayo, President of the Senate.
Final Call for Bids for the
Sixth Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption

All expressions of interest to host the 2015 Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption are due by 31 August 2013. All submissions should follow the Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal which can be obtained from the Global Secretariat. Please direct all inquiries or submissions to Emilie Lemieux at emilie.lemieux@gopacnetwork.org.

 

GOPAC Board Member Lectures at International Anti-Corruption Academy

GOPAC Board Member and Chair of Management Committee, Dr Naser Al Sane, was a guest lecturer at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Laxenburg, Austria on 6 July to lead a course titled Engaging Parliamentarians in Eradicating Corruption and Promoting Development and the Rule of Law. The course was part of the IACA’s International Anti-Corruption Summer Academy (IACSA) which welcomed 70 participants who represented over 50 countries, from Canada to Argentina to India.

Dr Al Sane shared with participants the importance of engaging parliamentarians in the fight against corruption.
The course focused on the oversight powers legislators have to fight corruption and promote good government. It also focused on how they not only create and promote laws but ensure that they are enforced. The challenge faced by many countries lies in finding and supporting the champions in parliament that will work to eradicate corruption. Dr Al Sane provided information and analysis on how this transformative fight can be won. He also encouraged building a combination of global pressure and national action to eradicate corruption.
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