CCAICACB Concludes Tenth Annual Conference

PR – The CCAICACB held a successful conference in Nassau Bahamas during 10th to 14th June, 2024 under the theme: Best Practices in implementing Integrity and Anti Corruption Laws in the Caribbean in the age of Artificial Intelligence; through sponsorship  and support of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Technical Support Fund, and the facilitation of  the Bahamas Public Disclosure Commission led by Bishop Victor Cooper, with support of the  Government of the Bahamas through the Ministry of Tourism and the Royal Bahamas Police  Force.  

The welcoming presence of the Governor General Her Excellency, Dame Cynthia Pratt at the  Opening Ceremony, the keynote Address was delivered by Dr. Roger Koranteng; 

Executive Committee Members: Lady A. Anande Trotman-Joseph – Chairperson (Grenada); Mr. Ricaldo V. Caines – Deputy Chairperson (Nevis); Canon Mark Kendall – Immediate Past Chairman (Turks and Caicos Islands); Ms. Ercia P. Blake – Secretary (Nevis);  Mr. Albert Edwards – Treasurer (St. Kitts); Mr. Dirk Harrison – Independent Member (Jamaica); Mr. Thomas Holmes – Country  Representative (Dominica); Dr. Amanda Jaisingh – Country Representative (Guyana); Dr. Roger Koranteng – Commonwealth Secretariat,  United Kingdom 

Executive Committee Member Countries: Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Kitts, Turks and Caicos Islands 

COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION OF  INTEGRITY COMMISSIONS & ANTI-CORRUPTION BODIES 

Head of Public Sector Governance of the Commonwealth Secretariat, representing  Her Excellency Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General; and the encouraging Remarks  of the Honorable Prime Minister Phillip Davis KC at the evening Reception, on the Opening Day,  were conference highlights.  

The hybrid format accommodated in person and virtual delegate attendance and presenters,  including Heads of Integrity Commissions, Anti-corruption bodies and independent members,  from Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Dominica,  Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis, St Kitts, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos  Islands. A delegation from the Sint Maarten Integrity Chamber evidenced the expanded regional  reach of the Association. The Commonwealth Secretariat, United Nations Office of Drugs and  Crime, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security” (IMPACS) and the Caribbean  Institute of Forensic Accounting (CIFA) Consulting Agency were also represented.  

Key presentations were made mainly by members who are subject matter experts in carrying out  regional integrity, anti-corruption and security work, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and  information sharing and the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on tackling corruption. These  presentations were bolstered by the global and regional perspectives through the presentations  of Dr. Roger Koranteng of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Guglielmo Castaldo Regional Anti 

Corruption Adviser of UNODC, Nadine Bushell CARICOM “Implementation Agency for Crime and  Security” (IMPACS) and Stephon Grey-Head of CIFA Consulting. 

Chairperson Lady A. Anande Trotman Joseph encouraged members to: “Collectively advocate  and lobby regional governments for allocations of adequate budgetary support and  resources by regional administrations to enable the full establishment of anti-corruption  systems to effectively fight corruption; in tandem with enactments, and implementation of  laws, policies, and international best practices and benchmarks.”  

A communique was developed to establish the principles that all Integrity Commissions and Anti Corruption Bodies should use as guiding frameworks in carrying out their mandates. Members  and delegates resolved to return to their member states enthused to advocate for effectively  tackling corruption, promoting interagency collaboration, networking, and gaining an  understanding of the role of artificial intelligence in their work. 

CCAICACB Secretary  

Ercia P. Blake 

The Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti- Corruption Bodies CCAICAB), is a Non- Profit Organisation,  comprised of representative members and allies across the Commonwealth and wider Caribbean. The Commonwealth Secretariat provides critical  support for realizing its work across the region. Contact us @ secretary@ccaicacb.org

Executive Committee Members: Lady A. Anande Trotman-Joseph – Chairperson (Grenada); Mr. Ricaldo V. Caines – Deputy Chairperson (Nevis); Canon Mark Kendall – Immediate Past Chairman (Turks and Caicos Islands); Ms. Ercia P. Blake – Secretary (Nevis);  Mr. Albert Edwards – Treasurer (St. Kitts); Mr. Dirk Harrison – Independent Member (Jamaica); Mr. Thomas Holmes – Country  Representative (Dominica); Dr. Amanda Jaisingh – Country Representative (Guyana); Dr. Roger Koranteng – Commonwealth Secretariat,  United Kingdom 

Executive Committee Member Countries: Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Kitts, Turks and Caicos Islands 

COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION OF  INTEGRITY COMMISSIONS & ANTI-CORRUPTION BODIES 

CONFERENCE COMMUNIQUÉ 

Of 

The Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and  Anti-Corruption Bodies (“CCAICACB”) 

We, the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti Corruption Bodies (“CCAICACB”), meeting at our Tenth Annual Regional Conference  convened in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas under the auspices of the  Commonwealth Secretariat with the theme: “Best Practices in implementing Integrity  and Anti-Corruption Laws in the Caribbean in the age of Artificial Intelligence.” 

1) NOTING with deepest gratitude the invaluable facilitation of the Chairman,  Commissioners and Staff of the Public Disclosure Commission of The Bahamas; for the  warm hospitality, support and contributions of the Ministry of Tourism, of the  Commissioner and ranks of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. 

2) RECOGNISING the attendance of Her Excellency Dame Cynthia A. Pratt, ON GCMG CB  CD JP, The Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the Opening  Ceremony of the Conference.  

3) APPRECIATING the encouraging remarks of The Honourable Philip Davis MP KC, Prime  Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas during our opening reception

4) RECOGNISING the well-received contributions of the representatives of the global and  regional agencies to the conference including Dr Roger Koranteng representing the  Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr. Guglielmo Castaldo representing the United Nations  Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC); and Ms. Nadine Bushell representing CARICOM  “Implementation Agency for Crime and Security” (IMPACS). 

5) NOTING that the majority of the presenters, real subject matter experts, are members of  the CCAICACB.

Executive Committee Members: Lady A. Anande Trotman-Joseph – Chairperson (Grenada); Mr. Ricaldo V. Caines – Deputy Chairperson (Nevis); Canon Mark Kendall – Immediate Past Chairman (Turks and Caicos Islands); Ms. Ercia P. Blake – Secretary (Nevis);  Mr. Albert Edwards – Treasurer (St. Kitts); Mr. Dirk Harrison – Independent Member (Jamaica); Mr. Thomas Holmes – Country  Representative (Dominica); Dr. Amanda Jaisingh – Country Representative (Guyana); Dr. Roger Koranteng – Commonwealth Secretariat,  United Kingdom 

Executive Committee Member Countries: Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Kitts, Turks and Caicos Islands 

COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION OF  INTEGRITY COMMISSIONS & ANTI-CORRUPTION BODIES 

AGREED AND ADOPTED the following resolutions to: – 

  1. Call upon Caribbean Governments to effectively implement their obligations under  both the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the Inter American  Convention Against Corruption; 
  2. Continue to lobby the Caribbean Governments for sufficient budgetary support for  Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the region for their effective  operationalisation; 
  3. Call upon Caribbean Anti-Corruption stakeholders to ensure the implementation of anti-corruption benchmarks and standards;
  4. Pursue and foster strong in-country and regional inter-agency collaboration in  programmes, knowledge, information and sharing of best practices among CCAICACB  members; 
  5. Encourage Caribbean countries to align integrity and anti-corruption legislative  reforms with international best practices; 
  6. Call on Integrity Commissions and Anti-corruption Bodies to focus more on corruption  prevention by being proactive. 
  7. Guide Member organisations to build capacities in compliance processes, review of  asset declarations, complaints, and investigations. 
  8. Engage Ministries with responsibility for education, to include integrity and anti corruption principles into their national curricula;

Executive Committee Members: Lady A. Anande Trotman-Joseph – Chairperson (Grenada); Mr. Ricaldo V. Caines – Deputy Chairperson (Nevis); Canon Mark Kendall – Immediate Past Chairman (Turks and Caicos Islands); Ms. Ercia P. Blake – Secretary (Nevis);  Mr. Albert Edwards – Treasurer (St. Kitts); Mr. Dirk Harrison – Independent Member (Jamaica); Mr. Thomas Holmes – Country  Representative (Dominica); Dr. Amanda Jaisingh – Country Representative (Guyana); Dr. Roger Koranteng – Commonwealth Secretariat,  United Kingdom 

Executive Committee Member Countries: Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Kitts, Turks and Caicos Islands 

COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION OF  INTEGRITY COMMISSIONS & ANTI-CORRUPTION BODIES 

  1. Seek external support and funding for the establishment of a Secretariat and  employment of an Administrative Secretary for the CCAICACB; 
  2. Publicise activities undertaken by the Integrity Commissions and Anticorruption  Bodies; and implement a feedback mechanism where the public can share on aspects of their work needing improvement; 
  3. Lobby CARICOM, other regional and international organizations to collaborate with the  CCAICACB in anti-corruption efforts, integrity and capacity building; 
  4. Encourage Governments to enact and/or implement whistle-blower legislation with the  aim of protecting those who report corrupt practices;  
  5. Build awareness and community involvement in the fight against corruption through  innovative and effective public education and sensitisation campaigns in the  Caribbean; and 
  6. Encourage Caribbean Anti-Corruption stakeholders to explore and leverage the use  of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence in the fight against Corruption. 

Dated this 13th day of June 2024