|Planning Ahead the Fifth Global Conference
GOPAC’s fifth Global Conference will be held in Manila from January 31 to February 2, 2013 and planning for the event is in full swing.
The conference is your opportunity to learn more about how to fight corruption from a parliamentarian’s point of view. You will be able to talk to parliamentarians from around the world on their successes in fighting corruption and also hear from experts on the subject. The conference connects you to the growing global team of parliamentarians committed to not only fighting corruption but doing it well.
Participation in the event is open to all parliamentarians with only GOPAC members having the right to vote. If you are not a member of GOPAC, please contact us for more information on how you can be involved. Team up with your colleagues to ensure a strong country delegation at the conference.
Unfortunately GOPAC cannot pay for travel or accommodation for delegates, therefore start your search for travel funding now. For past conferences, many participants have obtained travel funding by approaching the Speaker of their parliament or the local office of a donor organization.
The conference is an exciting opportunity to participate in the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians against Corruption. You can meet your colleagues to share and learn from each other. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. Start planning today. See you there!
GOPAC Launches New National Chapter in El Salvador
In February, GOPAC welcomed a new National Chapter in El Salvador. The official launch, held in San Salvador, El Salvador, was presided over by the President of the El Salvador Legislative Assembly, Representative, Sigfrido Reyes, and Representative Margarita Velado Puentes. They were joined by a number of other El Salvadorian parliamentarians who are committed to furthering the fight against corruption in El Salvador.
The launch was followed by a planning meeting with Ms. Velado Puentes and three GOPAC representatives: GOPAC Vice-chair and GOPAC América Latina y el Caribe Chair, Senator Ricardo García Cervantes, Executive Director of GOPAC América Latina y el Caribe, Maestro Fernando Pérez Noriega and the Director of the Global Secretariat, Andrea Blake. The team discussed next steps in the development of the El Salvador National Chapter including a commitment to host two chapter level activities in the coming year.
Capacity Building in Latin America
GOPAC and GOPAC América Latina y el Caribe move into March with a new draft schedule of anti-corruption regional activities for their members. This collaboration between the Global Secretariat and our Latin American chapter is part of our initiative to develop our anti-corruption work in the region. It is also part of our commitment to reaching out to parliamentarians in Central America through their membership in GOPAC.
Initiatives such as these are integral to strengthening collaboration between GOPAC América Latina y el Caribe and GOPAC to ensure the long-term sustainability of our fight against corruption. We look forward to similar initiatives in regions and countries around the globe as our members find success and our membership grows.
Raising Awareness of Anti-Corruption in Zambia
APNAC Zambia is reaching out to Zambians in an effort to make the fight against corruption a collective one. In February, they used awareness programs to engaged constituents in targeted districts, gathering information on corruption issues affecting the community. They also strived to establish how local leadership and communities can work with area Members of Parliament to tackle these issues. The initiative was conducted under an ongoing transparency and accountability program from the Finnish Embassy.
GOPAC Welcomes New Membership Coordinator
GOPAC’s Global Secretariat has hired a new Membership Coordinator to strengthen ties between the Secretariat and our members. Jean Roberth Souza has over 15 years of communications experience in both the public and private sector. He is also fluent in all three GOPAC official languages as well as Portuguese and German.
Over the coming months Mr. Souza will be rebuilding our membership database and contacting all our members to ensure we are offering you the strongest support possible. If you have any questions regarding your membership or know of someone who is interested in joining the organization, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Souza.
Empowering Parliamentarians to Break the Cycle of Corruption
Member of the Australian Legislative Assembly and Chair of GOPAC Australia, Mr. John Hyde spoke at the Second International Conference on Evidence-Based Anti-Corruption (CEBAP II) held in Bangkok, Thailand this past January. Mr. Hyde’s presentation provided an opportunity to introduce participants to GOPAC and share information on how parliamentarians can get involved in the fight against corruption.
The conference was organized by Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in collaboration with the World Bank and Transparency International – Thailand Chapter. It attracted over 300 delegates from Thailand and 15 other countries, including the Country Director of the World Bank, the Chairman of Thailand’s (private sector) Anti-Corruption Network, the Chair of Morocco’s Central Authority for Corruption Prevention (ICPC), the Chair of Malaysia’s National Key Result Areas, Thailand’s Health Systems Research Institute and many academics from around the world.
APNAC Zambia Host Anti-Corruption Workshop
Following the Presidential and General elections, APANAC Zambia conducted training to build the capacity of both old and new members on December 16-18, 2011, at Lake Safari Lodge, Siavonga. The overall objective of the workshop was to build the capacity of Members of Parliament in the fight against corruption. They also used the opportunity to promote APNAC’s role in this fight. Topics of the conference included: how and why corruption needs to be hunted down, laws and institutions, and parliamentary oversight and scrutiny.
International Anti-Corruption Day Activities in Zambia
On December 9 2011, APNAC Zambia joined the rest of the world in recognising International Anti-Corruption Day under the theme Corruption. Your “No” Counts. The event was spearheaded by an organizing committee comprised of representatives from the Anti-Corruption Commission, Zambia Revenue Authority, Human Rights Commission, Caritas Zambia and APNAC Zambia. A number of activities were planned including public rallies, information displays, media programs, and a march. This is a great start that will grow in the years ahead.
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