OAS anti-corruption mission stirs interest

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download[www.inewsguyana.com] – The incumbent People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it remains encouraged by the Government’s continued commitment to accountability and transparency even as it welcomes to Guyana the Organization of American States (OAS) delegation in its ongoing Fourth Round Review of the 31 member countries which are signatories to the Inter-American Convention against Corruption.

The ruling party said in a release today (September 27) that since 1992- when it took office – the government has introduced some of the more progressive anti-corruption measures, laws and parliamentary reforms in the region in order to enhance accountability and transparency here.

The release further stated that many of these initiatives have been to Guyana’s advantage as it has reduced loopholes for revenue losses, while yielding opportunities for greater inflows which are being channeled towards the country’s consistent pro-poor pro-growth developmental agenda.

The PPP says it recognizes however the significant achievements in this area, while pointing to the outstanding aspects of its efforts to build one of the more robust accountability and transparency frameworks in the region.

The ruling party noted that the OAS on-site team’s visit is especially appreciated because of the opportunity it provides to contribute to Government’s measures to build on its accountability and transparency measures as a follow-up on the implementation of recommendations made during the first cycle review in 2006.

The Party is also enthused by the Government’s deliberate inclusion of various civil society actors in the review process, in recognition of the important role they play as partners in the overall development of Guyana.

The PPP assures the OAS and its follow up Mechanism on the implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the continued support of its leadership in improving accountability and transparency in Guyana.

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