To mark International Anti-corruption Day, the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics (INL) continued its efforts to strengthen the capacity and independence of Georgia`s criminal justice system and improve its ability to fight organized crime and corruption by partnering with the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) to host a three-day virtual “Public Corruption and Law Enforcement Techniques” course conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Investigators from the Anti-Corruption Agency of the State Security Service of Georgia (SSSG) along with the prosecutors will learn how the FBI conducts investigations into all manners of Public Corruption in the US. In addition to Georgia, participants from Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan will take the course.
Every year on December 9th, International Anti-corruption Day raises public awareness on the importance of fighting against corruption, which is criminal, immoral, and the ultimate betrayal of public trust. Corruption thrives in times of crisis and the ongoing global pandemic is no exception. Reducing the risks of mismanagement and corruption during the pandemic requires the involvement of even stronger anti-corruption bodies, better oversight over emergency support packages, more open and transparent public procurement, and enhanced anti-corruption compliance by the private sector. INL’s partnership with ILEA takes another important step toward a society empowered to fight corruption.