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UNODC delivers a "Workshop on the Prevention of Corruption in Public Procurement" in Belize

On 23 and 24 May 2018, the "Workshop for the Prevention of Corruption in Public Procurement", was delivered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UNDP Belize with the support of Canada, in Cayo District, Belize.

The workshop aimed at building capacity amongst state institutions and the private sector through knowledge of the principles established by the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), exploration of best international practices and analysis of specific tools to manage public procurement effectively, ensuring transparency, objectivity and competition.

A special session was addressed to members of the Chamber of Commerce, on the design and implementation of an Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance Programme for Business, including topics such as risk assessments, development of policies, internal control, detection of misconduct, response to violations, cooperation with authorities, as well as reviews and evaluation of the programme.

During the training, the standards of public procurement within the United Nations Secretariat and the Panama Canal were discussed, allowing participants to learn about applying rules on acquisition planning, specifications drafting, low value acquisitions, long term agreements, formal methods of solicitation and contracts' administration, among others.

Furthermore, an overview of the local public procurement system was delivered by Mr. Artemio Osorio, Director of the Procurement Unit of the Ministry of Finance of Belize.

The training was conducted by Mr. Tommaso Mussoni, Chief of the Procurement Unit of UNODC ROPAN; Mr. John Langman, Executive Manager , Purchasing, Inventory and Warehousing Division of the Panama Canal Authority and Ms. Cristina Ritter, Legal Expert of UNODC ROPAN, and benefitted thirty (30) participants from the public and private sectors.