Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) today launched an online platform to track the progress that has been made in key anti-corruption commitments made by the government.
In May 2016, 43 governments and six international organisations met in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit, resulting in a bold Global Declaration Against Corruption.
The Government of Sri Lanka represented by President Maithripala Sirisena was also a participant at the Anti-Corruption Summit and made several broad-based pledges.
The three pledges that will be tracked through the online platform are the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), tackling grand corruption & money laundering and the protection of victims and witnesses. These broad pledges are further broken down into a total of 47 articles covering a wide range of commitments to combat corruption.
Asoka Obeyesekere, Executive Director at TISL said, “We hope that this tracker will serve as a tool to promote accountability in the government to fulfill their anti-corruption commitments. Sri Lanka is unique in constitutionally enshrining our commitment to implementing the UN Convention against Corruption. As corruption also continues to feature prominently in the public discourse, we hope the data that will be provided through the tracker will empower the public and other stakeholders to focus their efforts in the fight against corruption”. (Colombo Gazette)