At the hotel Le Village d’Ennery, the director general of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ULCC), Major David Basile has proceeded to the opening of the second exit of training seminars and information on the fight against corruption, in favor this time of mayors of Artibonite around the theme “Towards the involvement of local elected representatives in the fight against corruption”.
It is question, like these training and information sessions, to raise citizens’ awareness of the application of ethical standards of good local governance, to promote sound management of public resources that reflects the principles of integrity and transparency. All this to strengthen their legitimacy with their citizens and promote their participation in municipal affairs.
From the outset, Major David Basile thanked the mayors of the Artibonite for their presence at this two-day symposium, which, he recalls, is part of the “Highly educational journey through the Republic”, for the benefit of municipalities. “This seminar was designed solely, he said, to help you tackle the challenges of fighting corruption in your communities. It is in your interest, as a local elected representative, and in the prospect of re-election that would put you in situation, to continue your action for the good of your municipality, to have a responsible administration, reflecting the notions of good governance, transparency and integrity, and ultimately focused on the ultimate administrative principle of accountability.”
In an effort to exemplify local government management, and in the context of the moralisation of public life promoted by the ULCC through its policy of prevention and fight against corruption, Major David Basile, emphasized the obligation for mayors to complete the form on the declaration of assets, as required by the law of 12 February 2008 governing the matter. In order to facilitate this exercise, the ULCC has already organized a training for the benefit of two executives of the National Federation of Mayors of Haiti (FENAMH) to provide guidance to mayors who wish it.
Speaking at the opening of the seminar, Saint Marc Deputy Mayor Frantz Ulysse, who is also president of AMA, welcomed this innovative and successful initiative by ULCC to strengthen the administrative capacity of communities and fight corruption. “May this seminar be, for us all, elected in general, mayors and community officials in particular, executives of the public administration, a new breath, a new way of seeing and understanding the exercise,” of power and management of the affairs of the public thing. He also calls for the fight against corruption “everywhere, from school to the corridors of state administrations.”