Liberia Prepares For UN Anti-Corruption Review Mechanism

Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Frances Johnson Allison
Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Frances Johnson Allison

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and stakeholders have validated Liberia’s responses to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) comprehensive self-assessment checklist in preparation for the peer review of Liberia as a state party.

The UNCAC comprehensive self-assessment checklist was validated at a one-day workshop organized by the LACC, which took place on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in the conference room of the National Elections Commission in Sinkor. The workshop brought together relevant government ministries, the private sector, civil society and the media.

The self-assessment checklist comprises responses provided by Liberia under chapters three and four of UNCAC, focusing on measures taken by Liberia to implement the Convention and on successes and challenges of such implementation.

Chapter three of UNCAC deals with criminalization and law enforcement while chapter four looks at international cooperation.

Discussions for the validation of Chapter Three of UNCAC were facilitated by the In-House Counselor of the LACC, Cllr. Othello Payman while Mr. G. Jasper Cummeh, Senior Policy Director of the Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives (AGENDA), a civil society actor, facilitated discussions on Chapter Four.

Liberia is expected to be reviewed later this year by the Republics of Benin and South Africa.

The purpose of the review process which is conducted under the Mechanism for the Review of implementation of the UNCAC is to assist states parties in their implementation of the convention.

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and stakeholders have validated Liberia’s responses to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) comprehensive self-assessment checklist in preparation for the peer review of Liberia as a state party.  

 

The UNCAC comprehensive self-assessment checklist was validated at a one-day workshop organized by the LACC, which took place on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 in the conference room of the National Elections Commission in Sinkor. The workshop brought together relevant government ministries, the private sector, civil society and the media.

 

The self-assessment checklist comprises responses provided by Liberia under chapters three and four of UNCAC, focusing on measures taken by Liberia to implement the Convention and on successes and challenges of such implementation.

 

Chapter three of UNCAC deals with criminalization and law enforcement while chapter four looks at international cooperation.

 

Discussions for the validation of Chapter Three of UNCAC were facilitated by the In-House Counselor of the LACC, Cllr. Othello Payman while Mr. G. Jasper Cummeh, Senior Policy Director of the Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives (AGENDA), a civil society actor, facilitated discussions on Chapter Four.

 

Liberia is expected to be reviewed later this year by the Republics of Benin and South Africa.

 

The purpose of the review process which is conducted under the Mechanism for the Review of implementation of the UNCAC is to assist states parties in their implementation of the convention.

 

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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