The first edition of the Global Conference on Anti-Corruption Reforms in SIDS was hosted in Mauritius in August 2015. During this event, 17 SIDS expressed their concerns and challenges with respect to the implementation of the provisions of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). It was acknowledged that SIDS bear certain specificities which constrained them such as their size and nature as well as the endowment of human capacity and resources. Thus, this urged SIDS to urge the need to require specific anti-corruption reforms that were affordable, sustainable, and effective to prevent and combat corruption.
Consequently, Mauritius sponsored the Resolution entitled “Strengthening the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in small islands states” at the Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, held in St Petersburg, Russia in November 2015. The resolution voted at the sixth session witnessed the establishment of a SIDS platform for anti-corruption reforms in Mauritius for the purpose of research and sharing of best practices specific to small island development States.
About the Conference
The 2nd Global Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference on Anti-Corruption Reforms was held in Mauritius from 02 to 04 August 2016. The Conference was organized by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Ministry of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms.
Procurement was one among the main concerns identified by Small Island States during the first Global Conference on Anti-Corruption Reforms in Small Island States held in Mauritius in 2015. Thus, the theme for the 2016 Conference was “Preventing Corruption in the Public Procurement Process”.
Objectives of the Conference
The overall objective of this high level conference was to discuss on the unconventional challenges faced by a small jurisdiction when dealing with procurement and related issues. The Conference was a platform for SIDs and other participants to discuss the current situation, challenges and advancements relating to the procurement in light of the relevant standards and practices. The conference also s to share experience and best practices on their work to promote and advocate for procurement principles. Further, discussions will include practical suggestions on how to implement best practices in respective states.