Plenary Short Report Form Day 1

Georg Neumann, 12th IACC, Plenary report, Governance, Development, Sustainability, Energy Market, Financial Sector, Human Security, Climate Change, Natural Resources, Civil Society

Main Issues Covered

 

- Barry O’Keefe opens the conference and calls it to be conference of action and for action.

- Oscar Berger Perdomo says that corruption is primarily a responsibility of the government and of the politicians. Fighting corruption and greater transparency is crucial to fight poverty.

- Eduardo Stein highlighted the advances the Guatemalan government has made in the fight against corruption and focused on the struggle of governments in poor countries facing criminal organisations and networks undermining local structures of social security through clientilism.

- Huguette Labelle emphasizes the effects of corruption to the people living in poverty, the ones directly affected by corruption because basic services such as health services aren’t provided. Social and political development hangs on the questions of accountability, transparency and integrity.

- Luis Alberto Moreno gives an overview of the role of the IADB as a multilateral bank. He sees two challenges ahead: 1) transparency in huge infrastructure projects and 2) support for international conventions.

- José Miguel Insulza presents lessons learns from the last year’s work on anti-corruption conventions. Firstly, it’s a process that can’t be finished in a day, secondly, the perception of the public regarding the progress will be delayed, and thirdly, everyone is responsible and needs to be part of the solution: citizen, public servants, private sector and international community.

- Juan José Daboub states that poverty can only be fought by creating opportunities for the poor. The main obstacle is weak or poor government and corruption. The role of the government should change from being the director of an orchestra to a referee and open economics, create competition, reduce red tape and have a regulatory framework.

The following discussion brought up the need of freedom of expression and for a civil society that can work free and independently and give better protection to whistleblowers. Civil society needs to be involved in decision making and anti-corruption efforts.

 

Main Outcomes

 

  1. The next steps in the fight against corruption must lie on the human dimension, on the human face.

  2. To fight poverty fighting corruption is crucial.

  3. Although a lot of tools such as conventions have been put in place, there is still a long way ahead. Effective monitoring systems must be in place.

  4. There is a need for a strong, free and independent civil society.

  5. Accountability is key to prevent corruption in politics.

  6. Everyone is responsible and needs to be part of the solution: citizen, public servants, private sector and international community. To fight corruption, partnerships of integrity need to be build

 

Recommendations, Follow-up Actions

 

A charter for NGOs or a framework for governments on the treatment of NGOs must be developed and put in place to ensure their safe and independent work.

 

Workshop Highlights (including interesting quotes)

 

Eduardo Stein: “Muchas veces en nuestro dialogo social, vemos países del mundo desarrollado que no alcanzan a comprender la gravedad de la situación de los países pobres en este marco de ilegalidad de un clientilismo político o del clientelismo del crimen organizado. Estos sistemas clientelares reproducen la corrupción.”

“We often see countries of the developed world that aren’t able to understand the difficult situation of poor countries that are trapped in the illegal framework of political clientilism or the clientilism of the organized crime. These clientalistic systems reproduce corruption.”

 

 

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