Panama City, AMM - summary of day 2
Date : 01/12/2016
The world's largest anti-corruption gathering, 29 November - 4 December 2016, Panama City
It appears from all testimonials that TI is widely recognised and respected as the leading coalition in the fight against corruption. TI’s global movement has grown by 2% per year during the past few years, and is now present in more than 100 countries.
Today’s debate on TI's 2017 priorities was lively: Frank Vogel, one of TI's founders, spoke forcefully on the question of Grand Corruption, emphasising that TI Chapters should take action against financial groups and their directors who commit fraud. Instead of focussing on Grand corruption in the South and the East, he argued, we must raise awareness for the facilitating role of financial groups in the North and the West and publicise the actions of executives of such groups remain unpunished.
Ahead of the major Anti-corruption Conference, which begins today, the Panama Government announced a draft of anti-corruption measures, including a Constitutional amendment to accelerate the handling of major corruption cases by both the police and the judiciary. Having TI’s AMM and subsequent IACC in the region clearly encourages local Parliamentarians and CSO’s to continue the fight against corruption.
And remember this: integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching.
Brendan Sinnott and Evert-Jan Lammers, 1 December 2016