Open Plan

July 28, 2007 (LBO) – An anti-graft action plan developed with the involvement of civil society and state agencies was presented to representatives of Sri Lanka’s judiciary, government and parliament at conference in Colombo Saturday. The National Anti-Corruption Action Plan prepared with funding from the United States Agency for International Development, proposes actions to be taken by government, civil society, the private sector, the media and donors to reduce corruption and enhance accountability.

Let our children know that it is their right to expect total integrity from all who hold authority over them and that nothing short of this shall be expected or accepted, said Justice C. G. Weeramantry, who delivered the keynote address at the conference.

USAID provided 2.3 million dollars for the project as part of a 135 million dollar tsunami recovery and reconstruction program in Sri Lanka.

The project was aimed at helping key Sri Lankan Government institutions and civil society organizations strengthen measures to combat corruption and monitor the disbursement of tsunami-related development assistance, the US embassy said.

“Funds invested in anti-corruption programs such as this will be small compared to t