The World Bank’s Stolen Asset Recovery Agency (StAR) is currently in Guyana, and has started engaging persons from Government, Civil Society, the Judiciary and all agencies that can advise on what needs to be done with respect to the recovery of alleged ‘stolen assets’, this is according to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.
Harmon, at a post-Cabinet briefing at the Ministry of the Presidency, today explained that Cabinet was advised that the scoping mission will meet with all of the relevant agencies to craft an action plan.
The Minister noted that the mission will return to Guyana on March 28 and present, and work out the plan with the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU).
StAR is a partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that supports international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds. StAR works with developing countries and financial centers to prevent corruption and to facilitate more systematic and timely return of stolen assets.
Since the APNU/AFC Government took the reins of political power after the 2015 elections, there have been several allegations of corruption leveled against the previous PPP Administration. There were also several forensic audits launched to discover the evidence of alleged corruption but to date nothing of substance was found to implicate officials of the previous Government.