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Transparency International to assess corruption risks in key institutions in St Maarten
Published on January 15, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

BERLIN, Germany -- Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, will carry out research in St Maarten over the coming months, using its National Integrity System assessment, which has been applied in more than 100 countries and territories around the world since 2001, to assess how well the island tackles corruption.

The National Integrity System assessment will evaluate important state institutions and non-state actors, including all branches of government, as well as the media, the public and private sectors, and civil society, and the role they play in stopping the abuse of power, secret deals and bribery in St Maarten.

Looking at a country’s anti-corruption efficacy sector by sector, both in terms of their internal loopholes as well as their interaction and contribution to fighting corruption in society at large, the assessment is a nuanced analysis of national efforts to stamp out corruption.

The purpose of such a study is to identify the weaknesses and risk factors that foster corruption as well as to produce medium and long term recommendations to help reduce those risks and promote practices and reforms that prevent corruption.

“We look forward to starting work on this assessment and finding ways for St Maarten to shut down corrupt practices at the source while paving the way for greater accountability across the island,” said Alejandro Salas, Transparency International’s regional director for the Americas.

Transparency International is currently assessing corruption risks using the National Integrity System tool in 20 other countries, ranging from Vanuatu to Egypt to Ukraine. In St Maarten, Transparency International will carry out the research in consultation with key actors from across all bodies of government, civil society and the private sector.

Based on in-depth interviews with those who work at the heart of St Maarten’s major institutions, the National Integrity System assessment will not only provide a comprehensive analysis of corruption risks, but also offer credible solutions that work in practice.

“Dialogue on good governance and transparency reforms should help create a commitment across all sectors of society for institutional reform leading to better policies and more efficient practices,” Salas said.

The final report will be published independently by Transparency International at the end of 2014. It will generate anti-corruption recommendations for St Maarten’s key institutions and actors to work together to put in place long-term defences against corruption which, ultimately, will also help them plan for a more just society and a better future for St Maarten.
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