By Staff Writer
As the Commonwealth Heads Of State and Government Meeting ends today in the Maltese capital of Valetta, the country’s Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat has linked with Transparency International (TI) to call on the Commonwealth to play a leading role in the fight against corruption.
A joint statement by TI and Prime Minister Muscat, a copy of which has been emailed to The London Evening Post said unchecked, corruption can choke off development, rob people of faith in their governments and sow the seeds of instability and conflict. “Corruption afflicts the Commonwealth in many ways. The Commonwealth includes both countries where vast amounts of wealth are stolen from the people and major financial centres that can be used to launder corrupt wealth,” the statement said, adding: “It is a community of nations with a set of shared values, shared sense of rule of law and a shared history of institutions. Because of all we share, the Commonwealth is a vital international forum to tackle this agenda.”
The statement urged the Commonwealth to lead the world in tackling corruption and the laundering of the corrupt wealth around the Commonwealth. It further said the proposed Anti-Corruption Summit in 2016, set to be hosted in the United Kingdom, can be used by the Commonwealth to build a consensus on tangible steps to address corruption and on a leadership role that the Commonwealth can take.