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Officials conclude basic ethics course of the Regional Anticorruption Academy

Panama, June 20, 2019. The total number of officials working in the National Border Service (SENAFRONT), totaling 4,201 units, culminated the Basic Ethics Course for public servants of the Regional Anticorruption Academy.

In an act, certificates of completion of this course were presented, with the presence of Eric Estrada, General Director of SENAFRONT, Angelica Maytin, General Director of the National Authority of Transparency and Access to Information, Melisa Flynn, Director of Operations of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Stacy de la Torre, UNODC Regional Anti-Corruption Advisor.

Maytin congratulated the officials that successfully completed the course and mentioned the satisfaction she felt because she knew that the learning had been acquired in such a way that one of the units of the institution had placed signs with phrases referring to ethics in various areas of the facilities.

For her part, Melissa Flynn, mentioned that, "the institutional integrity component of the CRIMJUST program was conceived with the premise that organized crime depends to a great extent on corruption to achieve its objectives" and that "through its different programs, UNODC aims to provide technical assistance to States to identify and mitigate this threat that impacts the efficiency of law enforcement agencies worldwide. "

"In this sense - Flynn continued - the difficult challenges faced by the security forces are recognized in order to preserve a high degree of integrity in the face of corruption risks".

The Director General of SENAFRONT expressed his gratitude for the management of UNODC and ANTAI in the development of the ethics course and made available to the Regional Anticorruption Academy the facilities of that institution to offer this training to other public servants.