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ARAC launches the Basic Ethics Course for Public Servants: "A Tool to Prevent Corruption"

The Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the "Basic Ethics Course For Public Servants: A Tool to Prevent Corruption" on 17 August 2017, in Panama City.
The "Basic Ethics Course for Public Servants: a Tool to Prevent Corruption" aims to introduce, improve and consolidate the knowledge of the public official on integrity and anti-corruption. In this sense, it seeks to promote norms of conduct and prohibitions, as well as sensitize participants on the impact of corruption, providing them with the necessary skills to prevent, detect and report it.
The content of this virtual training focuses on the international standards established by the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the Uniform Code of Ethics for Public Servants and the International Code of Conduct for Public Officials, as contained in the annex to the Resolution 51/59 of 12 December 1996 of the General Assembly.
All these parameters have been translated into a simple language and to practical cases transmitted in the form of videos. The course is aimed at any public servant, regardless of rank, or level.


• Approximate duration of 2 hours
• 100% online self-assessment course
• 4 modules
• 39 practical video cases
• Interactive activities per unit


• Multi-device platform
• Available 24/7
• Automatic generation of certification
• Multiple profiles available
• Online registration by the user
• Management of statistics
The Basic Ethics Course for Public Servants is a legacy that will raise the profile of the public sector and a new measure to prevent corruption in Panama. If this training becomes mandatory for all public officials, Panama would become the first country in the region to carry out this good practice.
The event included opening remarks by H.E. Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Chancellor; the Honorable Angélica Maytín, National Director of ANTAI and Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés, Regional Representative of UNODC, who
recommended the compulsoriness of the course with a progressive implementation, channeling it through the Ethics Officers network and the promotion of this good practice in global forums.
The technical presentations about the platform, the content of the course and its methodology, as well as the role of the Ethics Officers were in charge of the Mr. Ricardo González, Transparency Director of ANTAI; Ms. Cristina Ritter, Legal Expert of ARAC / UNODC and Engineer Jaime Gago of Metodo Estudios Consultores.
The launch was attended by more than 150 participants, including public sector officials, the diplomatic corps, the private sector, civil society, the media and the Ethics Officers of state institutions.