Monrovia – Center for Security Studies and Development (CENSSAD) will on Thursday, June 23, 2022 hold a one day Anti-corruption Forum that will bring together Civil Society Organizations and Anti-Corruption Institutions in Liberia with the aim of reinforcing key recommendations enshrined in the entity’s recent report titled “Civil Society Parallel Report on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.”
The forum, which will be held under the theme: “Towards Strategizing to Ensure Speedy Passage of Anti-Corruption Bills Submitted by the Executive to the National Legislature” is a follow up to Liberia’s first Civil Society Parallel Report on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, which was produced by CENSSAD. The forum will provide the platform through which civil society organizations and actors will reinforce the call to the 54th National Legislature to ensure that the anti-corruption bills, which were submitted to the National Legislature by President George Weah in May 2021, are passed into law. The proposed bills specifically seek to enhance the fight against corruption in Liberia. The bills will, among other things, ensure the establishment of an independent anti-corruption commission with defined duties and responsibilities to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption.
The forum is expected to be addressed by Mr. Edwin Harris, Director General of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Ms. Nikolina Stålhand, Program Officer, Democracy and Human Rights, Swedish Embassy and Kate Thompson, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy. The one-day forum is being organized with support from the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) Coalition.
CENSSAD is a legally registered not-for-profit organization that seeks to serve as a catalyst for security sector governance, conflict resolution, peace and development. The Center works to enhance efficient security sector, which is accountable to the people and is underpinned by the acknowledgement that security, development and the rule of law are essential preconditions for sustainable peace.