Dili (Timor-Leste), 24 June 2022 - Following the recommendations of the First Cycle of the UNCAC Review, in 2020 Timor-Leste adopted a new anti-corruption law entitled Measures to Prevent and Combat Corruption (Law No 7/2020, 26 August). The law establishes the obligation for all individuals who exercise public functions and their household members to declare income, assets, and interests, thus enabling the relevant authority to detect potential conflict of interests and identify significant and unjustified increases in the declarant's wealth.
After the anti-corruption law entered into force in 2021, the Anti-Corruption Commission (CAC) developed an electronic online form and a manual to fill out the asset declaration forms. The CAC launched the e-system on 22 February this year and over 2000 declarants have submitted the declaration out of 8000 public officials in Timor-Leste.
To meet the challenges associated with the rollout of the asset declaration system, CAC requested technical assistance from the UNODC to build legal and technical capacity to effectively implement the assets declaration system.
As part of this assistance, UNODC held a four-day training on Asset Declaration Systems from 20-24 June 2022, focusing on the process, methodology, and prioritization of formal verification, and best practices from other countries. Participants were drawn from the Asset Declaration Unit of the CAC.
Plans are underway to build on the training with further activities in the coming year, including a follow-up workshop focusing on financial analysis methodologies, the development of a manual on audits and verification, and a study visit to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of Indonesia.
This training was part of activities funded by the Ministry of Justice of Government of the Republic of Korea. Footage (where available) and written summaries of UNODC events are publicly available via our website.
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