The Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) last week took its anti-corruption message to Linden where a presentation and an interactive session were held with residents of the area.
According to a press release, the forum, held in the boardroom of the Linden Chamber on Thursday last, was well attended by members of the chamber as well as the general public.
President of TIGI, Attorney-at-Law Gino Persaud delivered a presentation on corruption, the effects of corruption and the role of citizens in tackling corruption.
TIGI also presented its own concrete recommendations on steps that can be taken to reduce corruption and sought the support of those present in supporting those recommendations.
During the interactive session, questions were answered about the operation of TIGI, the methodology behind the generation of the Corruption Perception Index, possible discrimination and victimization.
The audience members also made suggestions with regard to TIGI’s implementation of its mandate; possible linkages between TIGI and other civil society organisations and calls for TIGI to lobby for reform of the taxation system, which, it was stated, could help to prevent corruption in Guyana.
The TIGI panel at the session included Persaud, Vice President Anand Goolsarran and Fr Compton Meerabux.
During the session, the audience was provided with brochures, handouts and bookmarks which provided information both on TIGI and ways in which citizens could tackle corruption.
TIGI said the outreach was held as part of its mandate of promoting transparency, accountability and eradicating corruption and was funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.
TIGI, the national contact of Transparency International, was set up in 2010.
It promotes transparency and accountability and is an advocate for eradicating corruption in Guyana. Thursday’s public outreach aimed at empowering Guyanese to get involved in the fight against corruption, the release said.