The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) in cooperation with the Transparency International Latvia (Delna) will organise a thematic event "Corruption - a threat to national and global security" on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December, from 12:00 to 15:00. The event will be streamed live in Latvian and English.
Corruption is a phenomenon that can have a long-term negative impact not only on individual sectors, but also on the national economy and the well-being of society as a whole. Because of this year's geopolitical turmoil, the KNAB and Delna call for special attention to be paid to the negative impact of corruption on national and global security on International Anti-Corruption Day.
The event "Corruption - a threat to national and global security" will be held in two parts. The first part of the event will be a panel discussion between the KNAB and Delna, which will be moderated by Latvian Radio 1 journalist Mr. Aidis Tomsons and in which representatives from the Saeima and the Ministry of the Interior are also invited to participate. During the discussion, it is planned to highlight the negative impact of corruption on Latvia's internal and external security, as well as to discuss the measures that should be taken to reduce the role of corruption in Latvia's security.
The second part of the event will feature a guest lecture by Sarah Chayes, an anti-corruption expert from the United States of America (USA), on corruption as a global security threat. The guest lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a speech of a representative of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) on NABU and Ukraine's assessment of the impact of corruption on security.
The event dedicated to the International Anti-Corruption Day will take place on 9 December from 12:00 to 15:00 in the School of Public Administration, 4 Raiņa Bulvaris, Riga, and will be streamed live on the KNAB 's and Delna’s Facebook accounts with Latvian and English translation. Face to face attendance with invitations only.
The main target audience is Members of the 14th Saeima, employees of state and local government institutions, representatives of security sector organisations, and other interested persons.
The event is supported by the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation, the US Department of Justice and the US Department of State.