16 Strengthen the anti-corruption framework to increase constructive public participation

Country: Sri Lanka
Action Plan: Sri Lanka National Action Plan 2016-2018
IRM Report: Sri Lanka Mid-Term Report 2016-2018 (Year 1)
Year Action Plan: 2016
Start Date: 8/1/2016  |  End Date: 6/30/2018

From the Action Plan

Public Participation in Anti-Corruption Framework Freedom from corruption is a crucial and inseparable element of open government, and must be approached from the dual perspective of apprehension and prevention. The acknowledgment of the prevalence of corruption in the state sector and elsewhere serves as a necessary precedent to addressing the problem in a comprehensive fashion. A multi-stakeholder approach is necessary to ensure the method of addressing the problem is representative and participatory, while ensuring a strong legislative framework that is compliant with Sri Lanka’s UNCAC obligations. Issues to be Addressed: 1.To ensure conformity with the Constitution (Article 156A) and State’s UNCAC obligations, including the need for the inclusion of the private sector in the anti-corruption framework as referred to in Milestone 1. 2.To ensure coordination and information sharing among various anti-corruption agencies. 3.Lack of an assessment and the findings to be published on the requirement for a cadre of independent investigators on corruption issues. 4.Lack of a national corruption prevention strategy. 5.Need to regulate political campaign financing including disclosure of donors and resource providers. 6.Inability to disseminate asset declarations available to the public. 7.Address the disconnection in the mandate of corruption investigation and money laundering investigations. 8.The need to amend section 17 of the CIABOC Act to share information between corruption investigation bodies. Main Objective: To strengthen the anti-corruption framework and facilitate tri-partite; public, private, civil society oversight and ownership of anti-corruption efforts.1. Government to host a national anti-corruption summit New December 20164. a) CIABOC to submit a budget of its projected expenses for preventing and combating corruption for the year to the Ministry of Finance with public justifications. New August 2016 August 2016 May 2017 June 2017 May 2018 June 2018 b) Government to allocate requested budgetary provisions in its annual national budget estimates with public justifications in case of discrepancy. New Nov. 2016 Dec. 2016 Nov. 2017 Dec. 2017 c) CIABOC to publicly report on annual expenditure allocations and spending for the year 2017, without prejudice to on-going investigations. New Jan. 2018 March 20189. CIABOC to establish Inter-agency Corruption Prevention Council, which, in consultation with civil society and the private sector, will be in-charge of the overall corruption prevention drive in Sri Lanka. The council will facilitate the input of state, private sector and civil society to develop a two-year corruption prevention action plan. This action plan will assign implementation goals across the state, private sector and civil society to undertake to: a) Mainstream corruption prevention across public agencies, b) Ensure clear oversight roles as well as monitoring & evaluation, c) Provide sufficient resources for corruption prevention, d) Base the prevention action plan on a holistic and robust assessment of the anti-corruption system (e.g National Integrity System Assessment), e) Allow for meaningful participation by non-state actors, particularly civil society in the design of the action plan New Jan. 2017 June 2018 10. Government to introduce a declaration /oath of zero-tolerance for corruption to be displayed prominently in the entrances of all state offices with the contact details of the CIABOC complaints hotline. New October 2016 Sep. 2017

Lead Institution: Office of the President, CIABOC (Independent Commission)

Support Institution: FCID, Attorney-General’s Department, All organizations and coalitions interested in anti-corruption efforts (Civil Society, Private Sector)


From the IRM Review


Year IRM Progress Report Published: 2018

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