|Assistant Minister of Education and
Culture speaks during the opening of the Anti-corruption
seminar; US. specialists Angel Cortinas and Alicia Valle
and Political/Economic Officer Oliver Griffith.
||Participants in the Anti-corruption
Specialists from the U.S. Justice Department
joined Uruguayan and U.S. Embassy officials Tuesday (March
9) in opening the educational seminar “Combating Public
Corruption,” held at the Caja Policial in Montevideo.
The educational seminar, sponsored by the
U.S. Embassy and the Economic Financial Matters Advisory
Group, continues through March 11. The seminar is intended
to provide Uruguayan officials and police with tools and
strategies for combating corruption in the private sector.
Assistant Minister of Culture and Education,
Dr. Daniel Bervejillo, opened the seminar, along with the
President of the Economic Financial Matters Advisory Group,
Jorge Sambarino and Political and Economic Officer of the
U.S. Embassy Oliver Griffith.
“We want Uruguay to remain a country
with very little corruption…and that it remains an
example to the rest of Latin America as a country that works,”
Griffith said in his opening statement.
About 30 members of the Uruguayan police force and other
officials attended the opening day.
The seminar covers topics such as how to
organize a public corruption unit, investigations of corruption
cases in the U.S. and investigative strategies, interviewing
and reporting techniques in corruption cases. Participants
also were able to view and discuss videos of corruption
Specialist Alicia Valle of the Justice
Department said, “In countries like Uruguay, where
they’ve had an economic crisis, that can have an adverse
effect on corruption. It’s our goal to show them methods
and technology we use in the U.S. in hope that they can
use these tools and continue the way they’ve been