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Timor-Leste Performance of the Mechanism for the Review of Implementation of the UNCAC First Resumed Tenth Session of the Implementation Review Group 2 – 4 September 2019 Vienna International Centre

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Thank you Madam Chair,

First of all, please allow me, on behalf of the delegation of Timor-Leste, to congratulate you on your nomination as chair of this important meeting, and we wish that under your leadership, that the first resumed 10th session of the IRG meeting will be implemented successfully and reach its objectives.

I would like also to take this opportunity, to express our sincere gratitude to the Secretariat of UNODC who has been working hard to prepare for this very important event, and especially for facilitating Timor-Leste’s attendance at this meeting.

Madam Chair, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to take this opportunity, to update briefly Timor-Leste’s progress on implementation the second cycle review. Timor-Leste is undertaking the second cycle review of its self-assessment. As we reported in the 9th session review on 12-14 November 2018, the second cycle review was supposed to take place in middle of 2017, but it was postponed due to the two general elections (Presidential Election and Parliamentary election) that were occurring in Timor-Leste. The self-assessment was then rescheduled for mid-2018, unfortunately, it was delayed due to another parliamentary election in mid-2018.  

The political development in this young country is promising, even though it has a cost, including the delay of the implementation of the second cycle review of the self-assessment. We are aware of the concern that rose in this meeting yesterday with regard to the delay of the second cycle review. Timor-Leste appreciates the concern from the distinguished Delegate from the United States. 

However, I would like to emphasize in this forum that Timor-Leste, as a young country, is fully committed to fighting against corruption and consider this issue as one of the priorities in the early stage of the formation of our nation. There are a number of efforts that we have been putting into place, including the establishment of a number of institutions to prevent and combat corruption, and we are gradually applying the technology to develop a national system on e-budgeting, e-procurement, and e-Planning. Timor-Leste is happy to share more details about these initiatives when the second cycle review is completed at the next IRG meeting. 

Madam Chair, I am pleased to inform you that after the long process of appointing a new Commissioner for our Anti-Corruption Commission, which had been vacant for 8 months, finally, the National Parliament elected a new commissioner. This was completed two and a half months ago, and soon after that, the Commission has accelerated with a numbers of activities, including speeding up the process of the second cycle review of the self-assessment of UNCAC, and intensifying the communication with partners, including UNDP in Timor-Leste and UNODC, to organize these activities.

As a result, 3 national workshops on the draft Anti-Corruption Law, Asset Declaration Law, and the importance of self-assessment of UNCAC were conducted. The workshops were attended by most of the leaders of public institutions in Timor-Leste, as well as members of civil society organizations.

I am pleased to report that the review of the second cycle of the self-assessment is now taking place. We are fully committed to fulfill our obligation as a State Party, and expect the self-assessment to be concluded by the first quarter of next year. We are aware that the limitation of resources might be an issue; hence we will continue to seek assistance to support our technical team.

We would also like to thank our county reviewers, Bulgaria and the Marshall Islands, who have been waiting, but we expect that your country experts will visit Timor-Leste soon to assist us with completing our self-assessment check list.  

Madam Chair, I would also like to inform you that Timor-Leste is honored to be a reviewer, together with Turkey, in reviewing Norway.  For Timor-Leste, it will be a great opportunity to learn more from other countries’ experiences. We are sure that we will learn more from Norway to improve our anti-corruption mechanisms.  Timor-Leste will ensure that it maintains contact with the Secretariat of UNODC in regard to this matter.

Madam Chair, I would also like to inform you that Timor-Leste has nominated its focal points and one of the experts will attend the training on Internal Review Mechanism on September 5-6th.

Mr. Alberto Martinez Garcia and Ms. Kristina Chocholacek from the Secretariat of UNODC, we would like to extend to you our sincere gratitude for your hard work to support us.

Madam chair and distinguishes Delegates, I thank you very much. 

Alexandre Faustino Freitas

Deputy Commissioner of Timor-Leste’s Anti-corruption Commission

Focal point of the Implementation of Self-Assessment in Timor-Leste.

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