OAS visit is part of treaty obligations – Teixeira

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By Kurt Campbell

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Government has sought to set the record straight on the imminent field audit by the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Guyana.

At a media conference on Thursday , September 19, Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira said following an announcement by the OAS that it will conduct a field audit on corruption in Guyana, there have been several deductions as to the reasons for and objections of this audit.

She said however, that most of the comments have been far from the mark, explaining that the audit is part of Guyana’s obligations as a signatory to the Inter-American Convention against corruption.

Guyana signed unto the convention in 2001 and has since ratified same, the Presidential Advisor said. She added that the mechanism for review and reporting was designed in 2004 and has been up to date beginning in 2006.

Adding to the battle against corruption, Teixeira says efforts are being undertaken by the government to draft whistleblower legislation.

She says the guidelines set out by the OAS are being used to guide the local draftsmen.

“Guyana will continue to shine and strengthen capacity to investigate and bring strong cases to the court” she concluded.

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