Cayman hosting anti-corruption conference

| 03/06/2019 | 15 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS): Heads of anti-corruption agencies and government integrity commissions from across the Caribbean part of the Commonwealth will be meeting in Grand Cayman this week to discuss the fight against corruption. This is the first time that Cayman has ever hosted the conference but it does so five years after the government passed but failed to implement its own legislation to deal with corruption in public office. Despite this, the conference is being organised locally by the Commission for Standards in Public Life (CSPL).

The theme for the fifth annual conference of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) is “Transforming Words into Action: Revitalising the Fight Against Corruption”.

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland QC, will deliver the opening remarks on Monday at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and Governor Martyn Roper will declare the conference open.

Panel discussions will cover corruption in sports, modernising legislative frameworks, the investigative battle against corruption and new technologies to combat corruption. While the Anti-Corruption Commission, which has effective legislation, should be in a position to report its work in the closed-door country reporting sessions, that could prove more difficult for Cayman’s CSPL, given the long and continued absence of the legislation it needs to give effect to its work.

Nevertheless, CSPL Chairperson and local attorney Rosie Myles said she was excited that the Cayman Islands is hosting this year’s event. “I believe we all have a lot to learn and share in both the development and implementation of meaningful and effective strategies for controlling corruption,” she said.

Attendees comprise delegates from anti-corruption units from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, as well as from the host country, the Cayman Islands. Others include representatives from the Commonwealth Secretariat, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, National Integrity Action Jamaica and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Deborah Bodden, the commissions secretariat manager, said this year’s conference is sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, CSPL and the Cayman Islands Government.

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  1. Rodney Barnett says:

    Is this a Joke? Here we have one of the most corrupt countries in the Caribbean and a conference lead by one of the most corrupt women in the Commonwealth brought together to talk to others about corruption. Are they teaching the course??

  2. Ron Ebanks says:

    Cayman Islands Government hosting the Anti-Corruption , so now they are the experts in Corruption..

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  3. Anonymous says:

    The Committee for Standards in Public Life was created by the Constitution Order 2009, a decade ago, specifically to oversee and scrutinize the conflicts and disclosures required under the SIPL law that STILL hasn’t been enacted. Why would we, the laughing stock of Caribbean political governance, host this event? Could we not think of a more subtle way to embarrass ourselves?

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  4. Bertie : B says:

    Hilarious list of countries talking about corruption , Every one of these countries are more corrupt than Cayman could ever be , Hey maybe they are coming to tell you how to Not get caught . Good Lord .

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Geez this seems a little hypocritical..will CIG’s new bestie CHEC be attending? Perhaps for as a “what to look out for” kind of example.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Hope the “look out for CHEC” message gets through. A few of the countries attending have been on the receiving end of CHEC’s business practices.

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  6. Question for Cayman's Anti-Corruption Commission says:

    Dear Members of Cayman’s Anti-Corruption Commission,

    If private sector financial institutions must abide by “Know Your Client” rules and apply a risk-based approach when scrutinizing potential clients, then why is the current government of the Cayman Islands allowed to accept bids for the most massive public works project that the Cayman Islands has ever seen, from a bidder that has been accused of bribing high-level government officials in over 10 developing countries around the world, in connection with its bids on similar projects?

    Surely, if our government conducted it’s own due diligence on CHEC, it would not have accepted bids from an organisation accused of engaging in such corrupt practices?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Why not? Perhaps their own due diligence disclosed evidence that there were large amounts of money to be had.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The corruptmen islands are hosting anti-corruption conference! How ironic.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    #irony

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one who see the irony here?

    Also, why is the Governor opening conference instead of Alden? He usually like to be at the forefront of these big international event.

    Is it because he afraid that his government involvement with a large corrupt company known for paying bribes to public officials might come up?

    CNS please shed some light on this. Thanks.

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