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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Best digital practices mark the beginning of the APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts' Working Group

The meeting was held at Hotel W in Santiago and was inaugurated by high-ranking officials from the member organizations of the Working Group.

Santiago, February 28, 2019. The first meeting of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Experts' Working Group of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) took place yesterday, with a special focus on the development of technologies that contribute to the prevention and prosecution of crimes associated with corruption. The event was chaired  by Chile’s Public Prosecutor's Office and was attended by representatives of the 21 APEC member economies.

The day's activities, which were divided into seven sessions, were developed in line with the challenges posed by APEC for this year, with special emphasis placed on the "Digital Society". The meeting shared best practices in terms of initiatives by State-related institutions to combat corruption-related crimes.

The goal of the meeting was to share different views and approaches on how to deal with such crime, particularly in the public administration sector, given its role of managing state resources. For this purpose, the meeting was attended by representatives from a range of Chilean institutions, such as the General Comptroller of the Republic, the State’s online procurement portal ChileCompra, nonprofit Chile Transparente, the Financial Analysis Unit, as well as representatives of participating foreign organizations and governments.

One of the main conclusions of the day was understanding that transparency in itself is not enough. Currently, there is a need to promote honest conduct among personnel within institutions, as well as training to reduce the commission of crimes linked to the lack of knowledge and training of officials.

In his speech, the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile, Jorge Bermúdez, also pointed out the need to adapt existing communications with civil society, by providing the public with clear, transparent and direct information, and avoiding making such information more complex due to extensive resolutions that prevent citizens from exercising their role of controlling and auditing the actions of institutions.

Bringing the day's events to a close, the participants agreed the main challenges requiring continued work, including addressing the current loss of confidence shown by the general public with regard to different private companies and State corporations resulting from recent cases of corruption that have come to light.

Source: Public Prosecutor’s Office of Chile Communications