Dhaka, 15 October 2016: Mr. José Carlos Ugaz Sánchez-Moreno, Chairperson of the International Board of Directors of Transparency International (TI) has arrived in Dhaka today on a two-day visit. This is his first visit to Bangladesh since he was elected Chair of the global anti-corruption coalition in 2014. The visit is hosted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), the largest and most active chapter amongst more than 100 countries where TI is present.
The purpose of the visit is to facilitate mutual sharing and learning, drawing upon global and Bangladeshi experience of progress in promoting good governance and corruption prevention.
During his visit, Professor Ugaz is expected to meet senior officials of the Government of Bangladesh and statutory bodies including Prof. Dr. Gowher Rizvi, Adviser to the Honourable Prime Minister and Mr. Iqbal Mahmood, Chairman of the Anti-corruption Commission, as well as Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chairperson, and other Members of the Board of Trustees of TIB and other stakeholders from both public, private and non-government sector, academe, researchers, civil society, NGOs and media.
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During Professor Ugaz’s tenure as Attorney of Peru, more than 200 judicial cases were opened against more than 1,500 members of the former Peruvian President Fujimori’s network, and his chief of intelligence Montesinos was captured in Venezuela in coordination with the FBI. Those who were also brought under justice included the former Attorney General, President of Congress, Supreme Court Justices, Electoral Magistrates and 14 Generals of the Armed Forces and Police. During Professor Ugaz's tenure, US$205 million were frozen abroad and US$150 million were recovered from the United States, Switzerland, Grand Cayman and Peru.
The visit coincides with the observance of the 20th anniversary of TIB, involved in relentless efforts to build a social movement against corruption working together with all stakeholders including the government, political actors, civil society and media.
TIB’s research, advocacy and civic engagement have contributed to strengthening the governance and anti-corruption architecture in Bangladesh. Examples include: the enactment of Anti-Corruption Act 2004 and the formation of Anti-Corruption Commission; Bangladesh’s accession to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2007; the incorporation of anti-corruption curriculum for the secondary level students by the National Textbook Board in 2007; the enactment of the Right to Information Act 2009 in collaboration with other CSOs; the Whistleblower Protection Act 2011; and adoption of the “Commitment for Golden Bengal: National Integrity Strategy 2012 of Bangladesh”. As a demand-side research and advocacy organization TIB has also been working as a co-stakeholder with the relevant government authorities in enforcing and implementing these laws, policies and institutions.
TIB’s civic engagement and outreach programme that engages nearly 6000 enlisted volunteers two-thirds of whom are the youth, in Dhaka and 45 different districts/upazilas all over the country. They organize various anti-corruption campaigns for promoting transparency and accountability in selected institutions such sectors as education, health, local government, land and climate finance governance. TIB’s good practice in application of social accountability tools at service delivery levels has earned global recognition as well as. TIB has been the destination of frequent learning and sharing visits by many TI chapters as well as TI’s Berlin-based secretariat. Earlier high level visitors to TIB include Dr. Peter Eigen, Founding Chair of TI and his successor and Mr. Ugaz’s predecessor Dr Huguette Labelle.