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During the months of March and April 2015, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) facilitated three Basic Anti-Corruption Courses for Ethics Officers in Panama City. The trainings were given by Mr. Armando Padilla, an anti-corruption expert, and catered to a group of one hundred an fifty-six (156) officials, who were appointed as Ethics Officers by the following Panamanian institutions:

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On May 5 2015, ARAC staff met with members of the Comptroller General's Office, the Ministry of Education, the Accounts Prosecutor's Office and the National Police to organize a campaign to promote values at the primary school level, which will be launched this year, with the children's characters of each institution.

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On 9 February 2015, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC ROPAN) and the National Authority of Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), began a workshop for the drafting of a reform to Law 59 of 1999, which regulates Article 304 of the Constitution and other provisions against administrative corruption, normative related to asset declarations and illicit enrichment.

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In the framework of the fight against corruption through prevention and strengthening values, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), together with the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI),  the Accounts Prosecutor´s Office of Panama and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN), participated with a float on values promotion, during the Traditional Christmas Parade, organized by the Mayor's Office of Panama City.

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On December 13 2014, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), in collaboration with the University Santa Maria la Antigua (USMA), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI), celebrated the closing ceremony of the Diploma on "Measures for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption".

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VIENNA, 9 December (UN Information Service) – Corruption reaches into boardrooms, government, law enforcement, education, healthcare and sport, among many other areas.

No country, region or field of endeavour escapes the pull of this crime. Corruption drives up prices, erodes business credibility, diverts public funds and undermines equity and fairness across societies.

But its influence has rippled outwards. Once considered to be the simple cost of doing business, corruption is now the destructive price paid by millions of citizens, especially the poor.

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From 19 to 21 November 2014, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC), in collaboration with UNODC Paraguay, conducted the workshop "Management of Anticorruption Measures and Policies: A Preventive Approach". The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Frederic Boehm, an international anti-corruption expert and was directed to 16 Paraguayan officials, as well as 10 officials from the following institutions in Panama: the Ministry of Economy and Finance; the Penitentiary System, the Financial Analysis Unit, the Tax Administrative Court, and the Embassy of Paraguay.

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Over the decades, the world has cooperated in the development of a comprehensive international framework that promotes international cooperation and mutual legal assistance for the recovery of the proceeds of crime. However, given the difficulties in reaching global consensus on concrete rules of asset recovery, the existing international instruments provide for a minimum standard approach framework, thus resulting in the need to supplement this framework with concrete, fair and clearly articulated rules, designed to protect the interests of both requesting and requested States Parties.

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