US assistance for combatting corruption in SL

2017-12-06 15:29:16

The US State Department on Tuesday announced its continued assistance to Sri Lanka and three other countries to prevent and combat corruption in these countries.

In a statement, the State Department said the US government has provided foreign assistance for anti-corruption efforts in Sri Lanka since 2016 to improve the functioning of the country’s legal system and civil society and to enhance good governance.

“Programs include the provision of a Resident Legal Advisor to provide anti-corruption and asset recovery training, and support to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption,” it said.

According to the World Bank, it said over US$ 20 billion is stolen by corrupt officials annually.

“This is money that should be used to ensure the sustainable development of the countries for essential services such as schools, hospitals and roads. Rather than lining the pockets of corrupt officials, these funds should help grow economies and improve the well-being of the people of the countries,” it said. 

The US has contributed US$ 1 million to the World Bank and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) to organize the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) and provide technical assistance to support country-level capacity building and coordination on asset recovery cases.

“The GFAR, which is being co-hosted by the US and UK, provides a platform to enable the four focus countries of Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Ukraine to make tangible progress on significant asset recovery cases in connection with financial centers and other jurisdictions,” the State Department said.

In addition to co-hosting GFAR, the US has provided significant technical assistance to the four focus countries to strengthen anti-corruption and asset recovery efforts.

  Comments - 12

  • Fucka Palanaya Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:42

    First Check all the Accounts of Pawul Paksa MR's family and then check with Yahapalana Big theives

    Reply : 8       25

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:47

    The people have to change which is not happening. Today we find shameless traitor citizens of this country who support and participate known politicians who robbed this country without shunning them. This cud b bcos these same people belong to a culture of crookedness.

    Reply : 3       17

    Jaliya Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:47

    This is like handover the chicken to the wolf for safekeeping you can't teach the thief how not to steal ..... US you are reading the third world countries WRONG !!

    Reply : 2       13

    Unchikun Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:50

    Serious, the most hilarious news I read this you or do I need to change my spectacles?

    Reply : 2       15

    Senewi Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:57

    These funds can be utilised to buy politicians from the opposition.

    Reply : 0       16

    lankaman Wednesday, 6 December 2017 16:08

    Better start with the judiciary

    Reply : 1       17

    damithw Wednesday, 6 December 2017 16:17

    What a world.. Most Corrupt country on the earth, ADVISING others , how to fight Corruption.. "Wedi Bana"

    Reply : 13       22

    Chari Wednesday, 6 December 2017 16:31

    Donald Trump is a great leader. Any alliance with him will bring property to our Nation. He has correctly identified Good and Rascal Nations.

    Reply : 24       5

    Sincere Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:14

    Ooh my....Does this mean FBI sleuths will soon be deployed at the Central Bank? Who knows whether they too would get Penthouses here?

    Reply : 2       7

    Hamban Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:23

    The country is ruled by a bunch of corrupt politicians. In other words looters as rulers. AS long as these politicians remain corrupt, no amount of foreign assistance for combating corruption will not help. Ultimately, Sri Lanka will remain a failed country forever.

    Reply : 0       9

    ceylon Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:54

    how to do it.famous multy billion doller looters are holding american citicenship.they stock their stolen billions in usa. via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       5

    ceylon Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:57

    so far no sign of any assistence to recover billions of dollers previous regime.billions of stolen money also keeping in usa. via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       7

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