A collaborated effort between the People’s Republic of China and a number of Caribbean states to aggressively pursue corruption on all fronts was the centre of discussion during a two-day conference, which ended on Tuesday at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort in St. Georges.
The China-Caribbean Conference on Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Cooperation as it was called, sought to provide greater leverage to law enforcement authorities in the participating countries to aggressively pursue persons suspected of corrupt practices at all levels locally while at the same creating a barrier, whereby suspected corrupt individuals would not be welcomed in another country.
Addressing the conference on the opening day was Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell who dubbed the initiative a welcome one to the region, one that signaled a combined resolve to fight corruption and jointly tackle the issue of cross-border practices that seek to undermine good governance, good business and general financial services in the respective countries.
The Grenadian Prime Minister expressed the hope that the region would take a unified approach with an unwavering determination to work collaboratively to safeguard mutual law enforcement and anti-corruption interest in moving forward.
Mitchell reiterated the fact that corruption impairs social fairness and justice, undermines the image and creditability of countries and their governments and hinder economic and sustainable development. Additionally, he said, corruption undermines the rule of law and marginalizes people, a greater reason he said for countries to have ongoing cooperation in anti-corruption efforts.