July 5, 2016 By Victoria Saffa
The Commissioner-General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Ady Macauley recently disclosed that the Commission would be setting up a Self Assessment Check List (SACL) task force within ACC, as a compliance measure in the implementation of the third and fourth chapters of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
He made the disclosure last week, after he returned to the country from a meeting in Vienna, Austria, on the country review process of UNCAC.
The Conference, which aimed at providing opportunity to countries, singled out Sierra Leone as one of the few countries that completed the original Self Assessment Check List (SACL) for Chapters III and IV of the UNCAC, he disclosed.
According to the ACC boss, they would also identify stakeholders to complete the SACL and organise a workshop to train participants in completing the SACL.
In his presentation on the country position, the ACC Commissioner-General stated that Sierra Leone was successfully reviewed by the States of Thailand and Benin.
He commended the reviewers for their support, patience and understanding demonstrated throughout the entire process, a period when the country was confronted by the challenge of dealing with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which made country visits practically impossible.
Commissioner Macauley emphasised that Sierra Leone has taken steps to address the comments and recommendations made by the secretariat and reviewers, especially in the areas of fully criminalising the active bribery of foreign public officials and officials of public international organisations, passive bribery of such officials, as well as fully criminalising bribery in the private sector.
He said that the country completed its Self Assessment Check List for the second review cycle of Chapters II and V in June of 2015, although it is progressively updated based on developments.
He therefore commended the UK Government for their support to Sierra Leone through DFID in the fight against corruption.
Mr. Macauley took part in a specialist panel discussion on preventive measures and asset recovery, under Chapters II and V of UNCAC, with the President of the Supreme Court of El Salvador, Deputy Attorney General of El Salvador, with the Anti-Corruption Chief of Mauritius also serving as panelist.
He also held a tripartite meeting with delegates from Luxembourg and Togo, who will be reviewing Sierra Leone’s implementation of chapters II and V of UNCAC starting this July.