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Remarks regarding signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of INL and the government of Zenica-Doboj Canton

Today’s signing marks a significant step in BiH’s progress fighting corruption.  Corruption is a cancer on democracy. It causes significant pain to citizens and blocks BiH’s European aspirations. There is too little interest from BiH’s governments to address corruption, and so I applaud Acting Prime Minister Basi ć  and his government for committing to create a new Anti-Corruption Office in Zenica-Doboj Canton. Our assistance will copy the model of Kanton Sarajevo’s Anti-Corruption Office, led by Dr. Erduan Kafedžić.  U.S. assistance will be conditioned on political support from the government to give the office the ...
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Address on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Transparency International BiH

Ambassador Strömquist, distinguished hosts from Transparency International BiH, guests from other Balkan countries, representatives of civil society. I am honored to be part of this conference. We continue to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, which was on December 9, as it merits special attention in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Corruption has perhaps never been more visible as ...
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Ambassador Nelson’s message regarding TIMSS assessments in BiH

Good afternoon to students, parents, educators, and education officials across BiH. There is a direct correlation between the success of a country and the quality of its education system.  Every country including BiH is facing an increasingly complex world and it is important for education systems to continuously adapt and improve so that the next generation will be equipped with the functional knowledge required to compete in a rapidly changing world. We now ...
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U.S. Embassy to BiH Statement on the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH

The U.S Embassy, like many members of the international community and citizens here in BiH, is disappointed that the President of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) continues to be at the center of ongoing allegations of corruption, which undermines HJPC’s role in ensuring an independent, impartial, and effective judiciary. A functioning judiciary, trusted ...
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Remarks at the OSCE Presentation of the “Corruption Case Monitoring Report”

Thank you Ambassador Kavalec, and welcome Ambassador Sattler. Also welcome to the everyone listening and taking part in this important discussion. An effective judicial system that combats corruption is fundamental to to BiH’s Euro-Atlantic integration. Year after year, various levels of the judicial system are failing. The justice sector and law enforcement are controlled more ...
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