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Left to right: Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Charles Fung-a-Fat SC CCH; UNODC Representative, Tanja Santucci; Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams SC MP; UNODC Representative, Felipe Freitas Falconi; Parliamentary Counsel, Diane Woolford; and Attorney, Tevera Franklin 

THE Attorney General’s Chambers, Ministry of Legal Affairs, has reported that two representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna have praised the government’s fight against corruption.

According to a release from the chambers, Tanja Santucci and Felipe Freitas Falconi of UNODC extended their commendation to Guyana during a courtesy call to Attorney-General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams.

The delegation from the UNODC Secretariat was on a country visit for the review of Guyana’s ‘United Nations Convention against Corruption Draft Report’.
The release said Santucci noted that she was impressed with the volume of legislation that the Attorney General’s Chambers was able to pass in a short time and commended the attorney-general in this regard.

The UNODC official also noted that she was particularly impressed with the efforts taken by the attorney-general to ensure Guyana was removed from backlisting by the Financial Action Task Force.

“The attorney general noted that Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering may often overlap and the fight against both crimes is a priority for the government.  The attorney-general further noted that President Granger had given a high-level commitment to the Financial Action Task Force regarding Guyana’s position on combating money laundering.

He further noted that one of the anti-corruption measures taken was to sensitise and train public officials throughout Guyana in anti-corruption measures that must be observed in the performance of their duties within the public service. This is important as the government has zero tolerance for corruption. The attorney-general further noted that another measure taken was the strengthening of the legislative framework,” the release said.

During the visit, the UN officials, as well as representatives from Cuba and Vanuatu, met with several stakeholders at the Bank of Guyana’s boardroom to discuss Guyana’s implementation of articles on “Criminalisation and law enforcement” and “International cooperation” of the United Nations Convention against Corruption for the review cycle 2010 – 2015.

The team forms part of the United Nations Convention against Corruption Secretariat and the implementation review mechanism which covers 186 states.