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Indonesia: new focus on implementing the UN Convention Against Corruption

Jakarta (Indonesia), 10 May 2010
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and UNODC jointly organized an international seminar on the use of the United Nations Convention against Corruption assessment tools in identifying and coordinating technical assistance. The seminar was held in Jakarta on 28 April 2010.

Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, the Attorney General's Office, the Supreme Court, international donor organizations and civil society groups.

The objective of the seminar was to enable the Government of Indonesia and UNODC to gain a better understanding of how the public sector, civil society groups and international donor organizations are utilizing the Convention and its assessment tools in order to develop anti-corruption programmes and strategies as well as to coordinate technical assistance.

"In the course of this seminar we will establish whether or not the use of the assessment tools can pull technical assistance towards Indonesia and how effective the Convention's tools are in supporting other anti-corruption tools and projects in the country", said Andhika Chrisnayudhanto, Deputy Director of the Directorate of International Security and Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The seminar included a presentation by Giri Suprapdiono, International Cooperation Specialist, Corruption Eradication Commission, on Indonesia's gap analysis vis-à-vis the Convention. Although Mr. Giri expressed optimism about Indonesia's progress in meeting international standards, he also noted that there was still a lot of work to be done in order to identify the most effective strategy in combating corruption.

Following the gap analysis, Diani Sadiawati, Director of Law and Human Rights, National Development Planning Board, introduced the recently developed National Strategy for the Eradication of Corruption. Ms. Sadiawait explained to participants that the new strategy will allow Indonesia to effectively implement the Convention at the national and local levels.

Gretta Fenner, former director of the Basel Institute on Governance and anti-corruption specialist, who is in Jakarta to assist relevant institutions in understanding how the Convention's assessment tools can be used to coordinate future technical assistance initiatives, concluded that "the lack of coordination among donors and lack of coordination among recipient agencies is one of the preliminary issues. With the Convention as a guide to Indonesia's country-led strategy, it is possible to improve quality, focus and coordination of technical assistance".