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Indonesia hosts regional training on the review mechanism of the United Nations Convention against Corruption

Jakarta (Indonesia), 5 November 2010
- From 11 to 13 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Corruption Eradication Commission of Indonesia, in collaboration with UNODC, held a regional training session for the focal points of the United Nations Conventions against Corruption and for Government experts who participate in the mechanism for reviewing the implementation of the Convention.

The session was attended by representatives of Fiji, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Maldives and Mongolia, as well as Indonesia.

The objective of the training was to develop the participants' capacity to effectively participate in the Convention's review mechanism. More specifically, the training sought to equip participants with sufficient knowledge of the Convention's provisions to enable them to perform country reviews, to foster an understanding of the methodology of the reviews and to become proficient in the use of the comprehensive self-assessment checklist (a software tool developed by UNODC). It is hoped that this training will be replicated at the national level.

Welcoming speeches were given by Mochammad Jasin, Commissioner of the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission, and Gary Lewis, UNODC Representative for East Asia and the Pacific, who said that "many of the countries present have made great progress in their anti-corruption frameworks, but more work still needs to be done."

"Indonesia has been actively involved in implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption and in evaluating its implementation through UNODC pilot review programme. Although Indonesia has made some progress in implementing the Convention, there are still a lot of challenges to combating corruption and addressing implementation gaps," said Giri Suprapdiono, International Cooperation Coordinator of the Corruption Eradication Commission.

The Head of the Administration Department of Mongolia's Independent Authority against Corruption and focal point with regards to the Convention, Badarch Gungaa, expressed his optimism: "It was a fruitful activity. To interact with UNODC experts and participants from other review countries was very constructive. I am really optimistic about the review mechanism because so many countries are working hard on this matter." The Chief of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch of UNODC, Dimitri Vlassis, concluded the training workshop by saying that "I am particularly pleased, because it was what we expected. The participants have come out with a number of very insightful questions and the quality of work that has resulted from this training is very high, which means that our hope that the review mechanism will work properly is strengthened."