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28 Jun 2019

28 June 2019, St George’s:  The High Court in St George’s, Grenada, on Friday dismissed all claims brought against the Integrity Commission in the Sandiford Ruel Edwards vs the Integrity Commission case.

High Court Judge, His Lordship Godfrey Smith, handed down his judgment giving victory to the Commission, and dismissing Mr Edwards’ claim that the Commission is not legally empowered to launch an investigation on its own volition.

Mr Edwards had challenged the authority of the commission to investigate operations of the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB).

The Commission had announced in August 2018, that it would be investigating operations at the MNIB for the period 2012 to 2018, following media reports that alleged impropriety at the state-owned corporation.

Mr Edwards who served as Chairman of the Board and later Chief Executive Officer during the period, engaged the services of attorney-at-law Cajeton Hood to challenge the Commission’s authority to undertake the investigation.

In his judgment, Justice Smith said that the Commission is not only empowered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, but is given sweeping powers under the Act to investigate any public entity where there are allegations of impropriety, without a complaint from a third part.

He cited section 12(2)(c) of the Act which gives the Commission wide powers of inquiry in exercising its functions.

This section provides that the Commission “(c) shall have the power to authorise investigations, summon witnesses, require the production of any reports, documents or other relevant information, and to do all such things as it considers necessary or expedient for the purpose of carrying out its functions pursuant to the provisions of this Act”.

Mr Edwards was represented by Cajeton Hood, and was joined by Gilbert Peterson SC, from Trinidad and Tobago in the matter, while the Commission was represented by Douglas Mendes SC, from Trinidad and Tobago, with Ruggles Ferguson from Ciboney Chambers in Grenada.

02 Apr 2019

Four days of intense training hosted by the Integrity Commission at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium in Grenada, ended last week Thursday with presentation of certificates to the participants.

The training was the third in the annual “Virtual Centre of Excellence Series - Senior Leadership and Management Training Programme”, which brings together integrity commissions and anti-corruption bodies from across the region.

The focus was on global best practices for public sector management systems.

Lead facilitator was Dr Roger Koranteng, Interim Advisor and Head of Public Sector Governance, Commonwealth Secretariat. Dr Koranteng is the 2018 Winner of the Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award, given by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center. He covered issues such as Conflict of Interest Management in keeping with International Best Practices, Addressing Weaknesses in Organisational Governance, Ethics and Moral Conduct and Global Trends in Anti-Corruption Deterrence.

Another facilitator was Dirk Harrison, Chairman of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB). He presented on Procurement Matters and International Best Practices and Principles of Investigation, during which practical experiences were shared by Rohan Reid of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) from Jamaica.
Among local presenters were David Holukoff, Director of Grant Thornton, who reviewed the recent Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International and Inspector Raymond Lockiby from the Financial Intelligence Unit. He dealt with the issue of Threats and Vulnerabilities in Public Sector Management Systems.
Regional participants came from Guyana, St Lucia, Dominica and Jamaica, joining the local participants from the Department of Public Administration (DPA), the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General, the Ombudsman, Permanent Secretaries, Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers from Statutory Bodies, other Senior Public Officials, Civil Society Organisations and Staff and Commissioners from the Office of the Integrity Commission.
Anande Trotman-Joseph (Lady Joseph), Chairman of the Integrity Commission, expressed satisfaction with the training, and said participants are expected to share the knowledge and experience within their organisations when they return to their various countries.
The participants said the training has been a tremendous help and eye-opening for them in many respects, providing new ideas for systems that can be put in place and used in the fight against corruption.
Grenada has been one of the lead countries in the region for best practices in the fight against corruption, and the Integrity Commission has been called on to share its experiences in several countries.
19 Mar 2019
Several regional integrity commissions and anti-corruption bodies will participate in four days of training to be hosted by the Grenada Integrity Commission (IC) as part of its annual “Virtual Centre of Excellence Series - Senior Leadership and Management Training Programme”.
 
The Training will be held 25 to 28 March, at the VIP Lounge of the Kirani James Athletic Stadium.
 
The Virtual Centre of Excellence Series began in 2017, with Grenada taking the lead to provide training in anti-corruption best practices. This year’s programme will bring together key Integrity Commission stakeholders such as the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Department of Public Prosecutions and the Audit Department.
 
The Programme will cover topics focused on global best practices for Public Sector Management Systems.
 
Lead facilitator is Dr Roger Koranteng, Interim Advisor and Head of Public Sector Governance, Commonwealth Secretariat. Dr Koranteng is the 2018 Winner of the Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award, given by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center.
 
Chairman of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) Dirk Harrison, who was in Grenada for the Integrity Commission’s Anti-Corruption Day activities last December, will also be a facilitator.
 
Executive Members of the CCAICACB and Regional Chairpersons, Commissioners and other anti-corruption personnel from Guyana, St Lucia, Dominica, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, Department of Public Administration (DPA) and IC Commissioners and staff will also participate over the four days.

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The purpose of the Commission, in accordance with the Integrity in Public Life Act No.24 of 2013, is to improve governance through ensuring integrity in public life, to obtain declarations of assets, liabilities, income and interests in relation to persons in public life and to give effect to the provisions of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, to which Grenada is a signatory.
 

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