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Sri Lanka

Asset Declaration System (LK0025)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Sri Lanka Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC

Support Institution(s): Presidential Secretariat, Attorney General’s Department, Auditor General’s Department, Ministry in charge of Information Technology; Ministry in charge of Public Administration, Department of Inland Revenue, Sri Lanka Customs, Exchange Control Department Transparency International Sri Lanka and other engaged Civil Society

Policy Areas

Asset Disclosure, E-Government

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Establish an effective asset declaration system to ease submission, verification and public access
1st March 2019 – 31st August 2021
Lead implementing agency/ actor Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC)
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the commitment will address? There is a citizen perception that elected officials and senior public servants frequently use their official positions for personal financial gains. Citizens are unaware of the financial interests of elected officials and senior public servants. Details of personal assets are necessary if a complaint arises with regard to unlawful acquisition of assets by government officials or politicians. Under the asset disclosure law in the country, all relevant government employees are required to declare their assets and liabilities annually to their Heads of Institutions. Many government institutions do not, however, adhere to this legal requirement. Asset disclosures are currently made through a paper based system, but this is extremely challenging for monitoring and verification purposes.
What is the commitment? This commitment is about establishing an effective asset declaration system for systematic asset disclosure by persons occupying public positions that will help strengthen public integrity and enhance citizens’ confidence in public institutions.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? The CIABOC will publicly launch an asset declaration online portal with ease of submission, verification and public access following relevant legal amendments. Citizens will be provided information on public access through a public information campaign using electronic, print and digital media. Public scrutiny of assets will serve as a deterrent against unethical behaviour to use public office for private gains. CIABOC will provide annual reports on the status of prosecutions undertaken based on asset declaration verification. By facilitating access to asset information and verification, instances of corruption and abuse can be more readily detected.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? This commitment promotes public accountability as it provides for public scrutiny of the measures taken against unethical behaviours of public officials. It promotes technology and innovation for openness and accountability by providing opportunities for information and citizen participation.
Additional information The Commitment strengthens the prevailing Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law; supports the objectives of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption; the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 which calls for reducing corruption and bribery; and the current initiatives by the CIABOC, including the implementation of an envisaged national action plan to combat corruption which is under preparation.
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date: End Date:
1. Asset declaration online portal introduced with a public launch following relevant legal amendments. March 2019 December 2019
2. Citizens are provided information on public access through a public information campaign using electronic, print and digital media January 2020 June 2020
3. Creating an ‘Office of Assets Disclosure’ to be responsible for collecting, analyzing and taking necessary actions on assets declarations January 2020 June 2020
4. CIABOC provides annual reports on the status of prosecutions undertaken based on asset declaration verification January 2020 December 2020


Commitments

  1. Integrity Officers to Decrease Bribery and Corruption

    LK0024, 2019, Capacity Building

  2. Asset Declaration System

    LK0025, 2019, Asset Disclosure

  3. Increase Use of RTI

    LK0026, 2019, E-Government

  4. Citizen Participation in Health

    LK0027, 2019, E-Government

  5. Campaign Against Youth Drug Use

    LK0028, 2019, Education

  6. Open Data

    LK0029, 2019, E-Government

  7. Agriculture Support Policy

    LK0030, 2019, Capacity Building

  8. Participation for Persons with Disabilities

    LK0031, 2019, Land & Spatial Planning

  9. Disability Rights Bill

    LK0032, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  10. Disaster Management Planning

    LK0033, 2019, Capacity Building

  11. Nationak Environmental Policy

    LK0034, 2019, Environment and Climate

  12. CEDAW Implementation

    LK0035, 2019, Capacity Building

  13. Local Service Delivery

    LK0036, 2019, E-Government

  14. Feedback on Public Bus

    LK0037, 2019, E-Government

  15. Implementing UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in a Participatory Manner

    LK0038, 2019, Legislation & Regulation

  16. Improving Public Access to Preventive and Curative Strategies to Combat Chronic Kidney Disease

    LK0001, 2016, Health

  17. Transparent Policy to Provide Safe and Affordable Medicines for All

    LK0002, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. National Health Performance

    LK0003, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Ensuring Transparency and Impartiality in Teacher Recruitment Policy and Process in Sri Lanka

    LK0004, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Enhance the Services of Government Information Center (GIC- 1919) for Inclusive, Transparent, Accountable and Efficient Governance, Using ICT As Enabler

    LK0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Promote the Open Data Concept and Delivering the Benefits to Citizens Through ICT

    LK0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. National Environmental Act (NEA) Amendments

    LK0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Coast Conservation

    LK0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Flora and Fauna Protection

    LK0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Transparent and Accountable Procurement System for Local Authorities in Sri Lanka

    LK0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Local Authority Procurement System Implementation

    LK0011, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  27. Annual Work Plan of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs to Include a Transparent and Accountable Process to Implement Selected Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Concluding Observations.

    LK0012, 2016, Gender

  28. CEDAW Implementation – Accountability

    LK0013, 2016, Gender

  29. CEDAW – Inclusion

    LK0014, 2016, Gender

  30. Strengthening Women Participation in the Political Decision Making Process at the Local Level

    LK0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  31. Strengthen the Anti-Corruption Framework to Increase Constructive Public Participation

    LK0016, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  32. Implement UNCAC

    LK0017, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  33. Coordination Among Anti-Corruption Agencies

    LK0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  34. Corruption and Money Laundering

    LK0019, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  35. Campaign Finance

    LK0020, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  36. Disseminate Asset Declaration

    LK0021, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  37. Starred commitment The Enactment and Implementation of the RTI Act

    LK0022, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  38. Proactive Disclosure

    LK0023, 2016, Legislation & Regulation