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Written by Eunice Sandy David

Corruption has a cost, and it is in the trillions!

This was revealed by Chairman of the CCAICACB, the Caribbean Commonwealth Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption bodies, Dirk Harrison, who was in Grenada on Friday to celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day with the Office of the Integrity Commission.

In a function at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium in St George’s, Mr Harrison addressed the gathering on the impact of corruption on societies.

Quoting from the 2018 address of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to mark international Anti-Corruption Day, Mr Harrison highlighted that corruption can cripple an economy.

Acts of corruption also deprive countries of the very services that are to be provided by the state, he said.

Mr Harrison explained corruption is a clear and present danger, especially as it relates to the abuse of public office for private gain.

Mr Harrison also warned that nations must first accept there is a problem with corruption, quantify and measure the cost in efforts to reduce the incidents.

Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Grenada, Lady Joseph, says the organisation partners with NGOs, the Royal Grenada Police Force, the Department of Public Administration and other agencies, which help in the fight against corruption in public office.

Young people must be encouraged to be the vehicle of change, the ant-corruption officials said, and attitudes towards those who stand up for what is right must change from vilification to support, in the fight against corruption.

International Anti-Corruption Day was celebrated under the theme: United Against corruption for development, peace and security.

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