Sri Lanka to launch national action plan to combat bribery, corruption

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will launch a national action plan to combat bribery and corruption, which will include changes in the law covering areas like asset declaration, election campaign finance and whistleblower provision, a government statement said.

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) was entrusted with the task of formulating the plan to be launched on 18th of March 2019 by President Maithripala Sirisena and other ministers.

The Commission had held wide public consultations before drafting the plan with 50 consultations done throughout Sri Lanka, which concluded with four meetings being held at the Parliament.

“The Action Plan is premised on four strategies for combating bribery and corruption, Prevention Measures, Value-based Education and Community Engagement, Institutional Strengthening of CIABOC and other Law Enforcement Agencies and Law and Policy Reforms.”

The statement said four handbooks will also be released alongside the plan, covering draft proposal on gift rules, conflict of interest rules, and an integrity handbook for state officials.

The laws will be changed in the areas of bribery, asset declaration, election campaign finance, and whistleblower provision.
(COLOMBO, March 15, 2019-SB)

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