Strength­en­ing anti-cor­rup­tion laws among key gov’t leg­isla­tive plans

Stabroek News Sunday - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE -

As part of its leg­isla­tive agenda in the new par­lia­men­tary ses­sion, the APNU+AFC ad­min­is­tra­tion will be mov­ing to strengthen anti-cor­rup­tion leg­is­la­tion, Pres­i­dent David Granger said yesterday. Granger made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing his ad­dress to the Na­tional As­sem­bly, where he said the ad­min­is­tra­tion would be pur­su­ing a “vig­or­ous leg­isla­tive agenda” for the re­main­der of the year and in 2018. “Cor­rup­tion is cor­ro­sive to the com­mon good. It sub­verts in­sti­tu­tions, in­flicts in­jus­tices and im­pairs good gov­er­nance. Your gov­ern­ment in­tends, with your sup­port, to en­act leg­is­la­tion aimed at strength­en­ing our anti-cor­rup­tion ef­fort. We also shall pur­sue reg­u­la­tions in­tended to for­tify our sys­tem of lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” he said. He men­tioned the Pro­tected Dis­clo­sures Bill, which is in­tended to en­sure the pro­tec­tion of whis­tle-blow­ers. He noted that the bill, which was due for first read­ing yesterday, is in­tended to “com­bat cor­rup­tion and other wrong­do­ings by en­cour­ag­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing dis­clo­sures of im­proper con­duct in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors….”

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