Sunday, December 30, 2012

Manila To Host Global Summit On Corruption

Some 300 parliamentarians worldwide will meet in Manila next month to share their expertise in combatting corruption  -- through legislation -- in their respective countries.

The 5th Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) to be held on January 30 up to February 2  will be attended by 144 Filipino lawmakers -- the largest contingent to the conference.

Senator Edgardo Angara, vice chairman of GOPAC Executive Committee and the Charter President of the Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC), said the Manila hosting of GOPAC 2013, “is a vote of confidence on the Aquino administration’s anti-corruption efforts.”

“Achieving good governance and fighting corruption can be strengthened by building networks among institutions. International cooperation is a key ingredient. Just as corruption transcends borders, so too must we fight it on a transnational level,” Angara said. 

President Benigno Aquino III, who will keynote the four-day conference earlier ordered concerned government agencies to assist the Senate in hosting the conference. 

Among the foreign speakers are Huguette Labelle, former Deputy Minister of Canada and chairperson of the Board of Transparency International and Ghassan Moukheiber, vice chairman of the Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption. 

Angara noted that GOPAC is the only parliamentary network with the singular focus of combating corruption. 

The 2013 GOPAC Conference will have the theme “Good Laws. Good Leaders. Good Citizens.” 

“We want to show the whole world, especially the developed world, how the the Philippines and the rest of Asia, are making strides in fighting corruption in our backyard,” Angara said.-Black Pearl (December 30, 2012 1:54PM)

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