Mun­roe: Curb­ing cor­rup­tion key to achiev­ing five per cent growth in four years

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

PRO­FES­SOR TREVOR Mun­roe, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional In­tegrity Ac­tion (NIA), has la­belled cor­rup­tion “a key el­e­ment in eco­nomic un­der­per­for­mance and a ma­jor ob­sta­cle to poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and devel­op­ment”.

Mun­roe was pre­sen­ter for the 12th an­nual CIN Lec­ture Se­ries held last Thurs­day evening at the Schom­burg Cen­ter in New York.

Dur­ing his ad­dress, Mun­roe out­lined seven crit­i­cal el­e­ments to curb­ing cor­rup­tion, which he said was im­per­a­tive to achiev­ing the na­tional ob­jec­tive of five per cent growth in four years.

Among those el­e­ments he out­lined was the strength­en­ing of anti-cor­rup­tion leg­is­la­tion; the estab­lish­ment and en­hance­ment of in­sti­tu­tions for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and prose­cu­tion of cor­rup­tion; the en­force­ment of anti-cor­rup­tion leg­is­la­tion with­out fear or favour and the re­so­cial­i­sa­tion of youth.

Also key, Mun­roe said, is the re­in­force­ment of pub­lic aware­ness re­gard­ing the cost of cor­rup­tion and the value of in­tegrity; the build­ing of pub­lic de­mand; and the strength­en­ing of cit­i­zens’ or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, West Indies Home Con­trac­tors, ti­tle spon­sor of this years CIN Lec­ture, hon­oured Mun­roe for his sup­port of good gov­er­nance in Ja­maica and the Caribbean, “in par­tic­u­lar his ad­vo­cacy for in­tegrity, which is one of the key pil­lars of demo­cratic gov­er­nance”.

Among those present were Butch Hendrickson, CEO of the Na­tional Bak­ing Com­pany; Low­ell Hawthorne, pres­i­dent and CEO of Golden Krust; Der­rick Reck­ord of Grace-Kennedy; and Una Clarke, for­mer New York City coun­cil­woman.

The CIN Lec­ture Se­ries was con­cep­tu­alised by CIN’s CEO Stephen Hill to present vi­sion­ary Caribbean lead­ers who re­flect on re­gional af­fairs and pro­vide hope and di­rec­tion for the fu­ture.

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