2020 has been a challenging, complex and disruptive year for most countries around the world and the Cayman Islands is no exception. Together we have overcome numerous natural disasters, watched contentious international elections, and faced the global health pandemic COVID-19, each presenting evolving opportunities for increased corruption.
As a result, countries around the world are now looking to develop plans to reopen under a “new normal”. Fittingly the United Nations celebrates International Anti-Corruption Day 2020 under the theme Recover with Integrity, encouraging member states to move forward with integrity and accountability.
As 2020 draws near to a close, the Cayman Islands heralds a final notable achievement as the UK Government will soon extend its ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (the “Convention”) to the Cayman Islands. The Convention is a unique tool for developing a comprehensive response to a global problem which covers five areas: preventive measures, criminalization and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, and technical assistance and information exchange. The extension will provide the Commission, amongst other law enforcement agencies, with another tool to combat corruption in the public and private sectors alike.
The full pdf version of the release is available for download below.