Mauritius Country Report 2012

1. INTRODUCTION

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is established as a body corporate under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PoCA) 2002 to lead, implement and administer prevention, education and enforcement elements of the national strategy to fight corruption within the established parameters. It is now ten years since the ICAC was established.  It is to be pointed out that a newly constituted Commission with new members appointed was established following amendments to the PoCA in 2005.

 

The Commission‘s mission is to make corruption socially and morally unacceptable through a culture of integrity, public intolerance against corruption, public confidence in the fight against corruption and effective law enforcement through a participatory approach with the community and stakeholders, including government and the press.

 

The new Commission started its mandate in May 2006 and speared no efforts in the establishment and structuring of the institution, addressing constraints and setting priorities to effectively fight corruption at all fonts.

 The management style and strategic direction adopted by the new Commission has brought a marked improvement and contributed significantly in increasing the success rate of prosecuting Corruption and Money Laundering offences.

 

On the education and prevention mandate, the Board opted for a sectoral approach and an impact oriented strategy with focus on integrity of systems and people.  The strategies used by the Division have evolved over the years in order to meet public expectations as well as to create greater impact.  Focus is being laid upon:

 

  • Integrating anti-corruption structures in  the public sector;
  • Building anti-corruption competencies through a programme-based approach;
  • Triggering analysis and reflection amongst youth on corruption issues;
  • Conducting mass media campaigns to reach larger population

 

After six years at the head of the Commission, I can safely say that the fight against corruption in Mauritius has witnessed tremendous progress. Read More