Bring­ing Con­flict of In­ter­est in the fore­front

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For those serv­ing the pub­lic in­ter­est and up­hold­ing the pub­lic trust is the fun­da­men­tal mis­sion of the ev­ery pub­lic of­fi­cial. While striv­ing to achieve it, it is cru­cial that pub­lic of­fi­cials man­age the con­flict be­tween their pri­vate in­ter­est and pub­lic du­ties.

As a follow up to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional In­tegrity and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Strat­egy 2014-2018, the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ACC) con­ducted the first ever work­shop on man­ag­ing the con­flict of in­ter­est for par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, judges, civil ser­vants, cor­po­rate and pri­vate en­trepreneurs in­clud­ing me­dia and CSOs from 1316 Jan­uary, 2015 at the ACC con­fer­ence hall .The ob­jec­tive of the work­shop was to cre­ate aware­ness on the im­pli­ca­tions of weak man­age­ment of con­flict of in­ter­est and to fur­ther strengthen the man­age­ment of it in pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions. A to­tal of 120 par­tic­i­pants from 52 pub­lic and pri­vate agen­cies at­tended the work­shop.

The par­tic­i­pants were in­tro­duced to the con­cept of con­flict of in­ter­est, its sce­nar­ios for re­spec­tive sec­tors, mo­dus operandi to man­age it and in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices in­clud­ing case ex­am­ples of the im­pli­ca­tions of un­man­aged con­flict of in­ter­est. The par­tic­i­pants also had a se­ries of dis­cus­sions on the is­sues of con­flict of in­ter­est faced while dis­charg­ing ones du­ties and the ex­ist­ing prac­tice for ad­dress­ing it in­clud­ing the le­gal pro­vi­sions. The four day work­shop was fa­cil­i­tated by Mr. Richard Ed­ward Mes­sick, an­ticor­rup­tion ex­pert from Wash­ing­ton D.C. He has worked with the World Bank as a Co-Di­rec­tor of the Bank’s Le­gal In­sti­tu­tions The­matic Group, ad­vis­ing the Bank staff and pol­i­cy­mak­ers of the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries on in­tegrity and an­ticor­rup­tion poli­cies.

A re­view re­port in­clud­ing the is­sues raised dur­ing the work­shop and gen­eral guide­lines for man­ag­ing con­flict of in­ter­est in pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors will be pre­pared fol­low­ing the work­shop.

Some of the feed­back re­ceived from the par­tic­i­pants are that about 81.8 % of the par­tic­i­pants agreed that the work­shop was use­ful, 71% of the par­tic­i­pants agreed that the du­ra­tion of the ses­sion was ad­e­quate; 42.7% of the par­tic­i­pants agreed that the work­shop has fa­cil­i­tated them to un­der­stand the con­cept of con­flict of in­ter­est and its im­pli­ca­tions; 57.2% of the par­tic­i­pants agreed that the work­shop has fa­cil­i­tated them to un­der­stand the con­cept of CoI to some ex­tent; 47.7 % agreed that the pre­sen­ta­tion style was used by fa­cil­i­ta­tor was ef­fec­tive; 95.5 % of the par­tic­i­pants would like to at­tend sim­i­lar work­shop in the fu­ture; 4.5 % of the par­tic­i­pants do not want to at­tend sim­i­lar work­shop again

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