Published On: Thu, Aug 27th, 2015

Transparency International wants a follow up in Curaçao

Curacao Government CenterWILLEMSTAD - Transparency International (TI) would like to return to Curaçao for further research into the integrity of the government. The funding would have to be no problem in this endeavor.

More importantly is an official request from the Curaçao government or of an interested organization, said Max Heywood, program coordinator for North and South America.

“Ideally, we would do a follow-up research after four or five years in every country that we’ve investigated. Our success is measured by the extent to which things have improved,” said Heywood. “We would also like to return to Curaçao, but that can only happen if we are invited. That does not necessarily has to happen through the government. It can also be by another agency or organization. Funding should not be a problem. There are donors and sponsors who have enough interest here.”

At the invitation of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Heywood gave a lecture on the studies TI did to the quality of governance in Curaçao in 2013 and in St. Martin, which was published last summer. Both studies showed that there are, in theory, anti-corruption laws and regulations, but in practice they are not adequately observed. Too little is done about complaints. Suspected fraud or corruption are not always investigated, partly due to lack of sufficient manpower or expertise, says Heywood. “Integrity will not be promoted by creating more rules and laws, but especially by applying existing regulations.”

“There is no magical quick fix. The most important thing is that there is a local desire for integrity. That desire must be rooted in the society,” said Heywood.

Important in the fight against corruption is therefore a critical population, calling the government to account for its actions. Also independent, critical media, which meet the requirements of transparency and integrity. The media also play an important role in making people aware of the damage that corruption can to do the society, Heywood said. Finally, he mentioned insights into the financing of political parties as an important issue.

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