President Sirisena leaves to attend Anti-Corruption Summit in London

President Sirisena leaves to attend Anti-Corruption Summit in London

President Sirisena leaves to attend Anti-Corruption Summit in London

Written by Staff Writer

11 May, 2016 | 6:18 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Britain on Wednesday, May 11 to attend the Anti-Corruption Summit 2016, which is scheduled to be held in London.

The Anti-Corruption Summit will commence in London on Thursday under the patronage of the British Prime Minister David Cameron along with the participation of several world leaders and other representatives. It will be the first summit of its kind which brings together world leaders, business and civil societies to step up global action in order to expose, punish and drive out corruption.

President Sirisena is scheduled to address the summit on its first day. The President is attending the summit upon an invitation extended by British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta in January this year.

The summit will seek to galvanise a global response to tackle corruption. It will deal with issues including corporate secrecy, government transparency, the enforcement of international anti-corruption laws and the strengthening of international institutions.

The summit will focus on agreeing a package of practical steps to expose corruption so there is nowhere to hide, punish the perpetrators and support those affected by corruption and drive out the culture of corruption wherever it exists.

President Maithripala Sirisena will hold bilateral discussions with British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the sidelines of the summit.

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