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KRG supports international transparency efforts at anti-corruption global forum

WED, 11 NOV 2009 16:42 | KRG Cabinet

Doha, Qatar (KRG.org) - A Kurdistan Regional Government delegation last week participated in the Global Forum Against Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity in Doha. The forum brought together 1,500 participants including ministers, senior government officials, international organisations and business leaders from over 140 countries.

Ms Nisar Talabany, Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Barham Salih, described the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) contribution at the Global Forum. “We assured the world leaders working to combat this grave issue that the KRG is part of the global movement against corruption, and our Prime Minister is firmly committed to this fight. Many international organisations commented favourably on the KRG’s strategy and offered long-term support and technical assistance for these efforts”.

The 6th global forum was hosted by Qatari ruler HH Emir Sheikh Hamd bin Khalifa al Thani and Attorney General Dr Ali bin Fettais al Marri. The two-day event focused on how to combine the efforts of the public and private sector to tackle corruption and the corrosive abuse of power, which destabilises communities’ social fabric, particularly in more vulnerable post-conflict regions. Participants unanimously agreed that corruption is a complex economic, political and social challenge that threatens democracy and sustainable development, the rule of law, and the welfare and health of citizens.

Delegates called upon governments to take all necessary measures to ensure that anti-corruption authorities can effectively contribute to the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of corrupt persons and to secure the return of the proceeds of corruption.

The growing risk of global corruption led to the establishment of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2003 to coordinate international efforts to fight corruption and consolidate national anti-corruption systems.

The KRG delegation met those at the vanguard of fighting corruption, including Transparency International (TI) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and informed them of its Good Governance & Transparency Strategy. The KRG strategy, which was launched in mid-2009, endorses and adopts many key elements contained in the UNCAC, such as establishing codes of conduct for public officials, increasing transparency in government operations including procurement and public finances, the prevention of corruption in the private sector, strengthening of civil society, and implementing robust audit and enforcement mechanisms.