Global transparency guru to open UCCI conference

| 16/12/2013

(CNS Business): The head of the organisation that rates governments worldwide on anti-corruption will open the UCCI March 2014 Caribbean ethics and values conference. Dr Huguette Labelle is the Chair of the Board of Transparency International, an organisation that works in more than 100 countries in the fight against corruption. Each year Transparency International scores countries on a Corruptions Perceptions Index regarding how corrupt their public sectors are seen to be. Labelle will be joined by regional and local heads of states, ministers of government and directors of anti-corruption agencies, who will share ideas on how corruption can be reduced and eliminated across the region.

"The fight against corruption cannot succeed unless ethical values are strongly embedded in society's institutions,” Labelle has stated. She added that a key challenge was “to make sure that values such as integrity and ethical behaviour characterise the daily work of leaders and institutions that serve the people."

UCCI President Roy Bodden expressed his delight that someone of the calibre and international standing as Dr Labelle will be opening the March conference.

“This is possibly the first time that we will have such an array of eminent speakers, and I urge everyone in the Cayman Islands and the region as a whole to take advantage of this opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges our societies face with regard to corruption, unethical behaviour, and malfeasance,” he said.
        
Dr Livingston Smith, chair of the conference organising committee, said Labelle was a leader in the global fight against corruption.

“Transparency International is easily the most powerful organization focusing exclusively on corruption. Its mission is to ‘create change towards a world free of corruption' and it seeks to do this by bringing  people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world,” he added. 

Labelle is a member of various other boards and bodies, including the Board of the UN Global Compact, the Group of External Advisors on the World Bank Governance and Anti-corruption Strategy, the Advisory Group to the Asian Development Bank on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, the Executive Board of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, the Global Centre for Pluralism, and the Advisory Council of the Order of Ontario. She is also Vice Chair of the Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy and provides advisory services to various national and international organizations. She served for 19 years as Deputy Minister of different Canadian Government departments and is a former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, was also recently confirmed and he will speak on the ethical and anti-corruption framework of the Bahamas. And Dr Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will reflect on the state of corruption in the Caribbean as a whole. Other speakers will include academicians, and business, church and community leaders with an interest in furthering the cause of building corruption-free societies.

Members of the public wishing to register for the March 19-21 conference are invited to go to www.UCCIconference.ky. Discounted conference fees are available until 31 December.

For further information on Transparency International and its various global activities and surveys, go to www.transparency.org. In addition to the Corruptions Perceptions Index, the organisation’s surveys include the “Global Corruption Barometer,” the only worldwide public survey on views and experiences on corruption, and a “Bribe Players Barometer,” rating the wealthiest nations by their firms’ propensity to bribe abroad.

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  1. sumbodi hep us "PLEASE" says:

    Isn't she the fifth or sixth speaker on corruption we've invited this year?

    Had no idea we were so corrupt!

     

  2. Anonymous says:

    Roy is getting plenty speakers to say what he has wanted to say for 40 frustrated years but how is the College of which he is President actually doing in the day to day education that it is supposed to be about?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I do hope the good Dr. has some of our local talent to speak on the subject too..a former premier of ours is allegedley an expert on the subject