On June 12th and 13th 2014, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy conducted a workshop on the Use of Evaluative Frameworks for the Application of Article 11 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which is related to the topic "Judicial Integrity".
On April 10th and 24th 2014, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy provided trainings for various Non-Governmental Organizations and Universities in Honduras. The conference focused on the Evaluation Mechanism for the Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and was organized with the support of the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Honduras.
On 9 April 2014, the first National Conference for Financial Intermediaries: Prevention of Money Laundering, Combating the Financing of Terrorism and Anti-Corruption, was hosted in Panama City, Panama. This conference was organized by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MICI according to its acronym in Spanish) and carried out under the auspices of the Financial Analysis Unit (UAF according to its acronym in Spanish); the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN); the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI according to its acronym in Spanish); the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC); and the U.S. Embassy in Panama.
On March 28th 2014, a course on "The Impact of Corruption on Human Rights" was held at the Country Inn Amador, Panama City. This event was organized by the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean, with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI).
On 26 February 2014, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy facilitated the course entitled "Inter-agency cooperation in the fight against economic crime." The course was led by Mr. Stefano Gesueli, Finance Guard of the Italian Embassy in Panama, and Mrs. Virginia Marqués de Abajo, Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN). The course was attended by participants from the various institutions involved in the research of economic and financial crimes, including: the National Customs Authority, National Authority for Public Revenue (ANIP according to its acronym in Spanish); the National Security Council; the Comptroller General of the Republic; the Office of Judicial Investigation of the National Police; the Anti-corruption Prosecutor´s Office; the Office of the Attorney General of Accounts; the Autonomous Cooperative Institution of Panama (IPACOOP according to its acronym in Spanish); the Ministry of Trade; the Court of Auditors; and, the Financial Analysis Unit.
On 18 February 2014, the ARAC offered a course on "liability", in conjunction with the Office of the General Prosecutor of Accounts of the Republic of Panama.
The topics covered during the presentations included: "Internal Control and Financial Liability", led by Mrs. Ilzedith Cedeño, and "The Accounts Prosecutor in the equity Process", led by Mrs. Yelenis Ortiz Mariscal. At the beginning of the course, the Accounts General Prosecutor, the Honourable Andrés Sue Gonzalez addressed the participants to discuss the topic in question. Additionally, the Associate Professor in Administrative Law at the Universidad Central de Chile, Emilio Oñate Vera, who served as professor of Comparative Law in the Master's Degree in Public Law with financial responsibility emphasis for the University of Panama, issued in February 2014, also participated in the course.
On 13 December 2013, the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) , the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (ANTAI) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), came together to mark the International Day against Corruption. On this occasion, a discussion that included the participation of the public, private and education sectors, amongst others, took place at the Regional Anti-Corruption Academy (ARAC), in Panama City.
Each year, 9 December is recognized by the General Assembly of the United Nations as the International Day against Corruption and, with the purpose of creating awareness against this scourge that attacks various areas of society, promotes messages, campaigns and actions that exalt the constant struggle to prevent and eradicate corruption internationally, as well as to spread the valuable role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in this struggle.
Corruption suppresses economic growth by driving up costs, and undermines the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources. It breaches fundamental human rights, exacerbates poverty and increases inequality by diverting funds from health care, education and other essential services. The malignant effects of corruption are felt by billions of people everywhere. It is driven by and results in criminal activity, malfunctioning state institutions and weak governance.