international experts plead for a solid and coordinated approach

During a seminar held remotely by the National Authority for the Integrity, Prevention and Fight against Corruption (INPPLC), in its capacity as President of the third session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention Arab against corruption, under the theme “promoting integrity and preventing the risks of corruption in times of the Covid-19 pandemic”, the speakers insisted on the need to strike a balance between efficiency in the fight against the crisis health, on the one hand, and prevention and vigilance against the spread of the phenomenon of corruption, on the other.

On this occasion, the president of the INPPLC Mohammed Bachir Rachdi underlined the need to build capacities and to deepen the reflection on the most effective means to reconcile between the emergency measures and the measures adopted to contain the crisis and its repercussions.

The current crisis and its effects may, according to him, favor the emergence of cases of corruption, a finding to be confirmed by concrete data. At the moment, the observed resurgence of the phenomenon of corruption cannot be explained by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is certain that the crisis has weighed more heavily on the most vulnerable categories, he explained. .

For her part, the vice regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for North Africa and the Middle East, Mirna Bouhabib, insisted on adopting a coordinated approach. to fight corruption globally, with the objective of providing support and economic incentives in emergencies to affected beneficiaries.

In order to implement the measures taken to stem the spread of the virus, countries have relaxed control and surveillance measures, which has created opportunities for the spread of corruption in various forms, Bouhabib continued.

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He added that the UNODC recognizes that the elimination of corruption is the keystone for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in addition to urging the States Parties to the Arab Convention against Corruption to develop effective systems. risk management and internal control, as a means of improving transparency and accountability in the management of public funds.

For his part, the director of the legal affairs department at the General Secretariat of the Arab League, Yasser Abdel Moneim Abdel Adim, indicated that the League places the fight against corruption at the top of its priorities since it stands as a hindering obstacle. development effort and jeopardizing stability.

The League is also aware of the fact that the fight against corruption must be incumbent not only on states, but also on international and regional organizations, as well as on individuals and civil society organizations, noted Abdel Adim.

This seminar is part of the implementation of the action plan of the third session of the Conference of States Parties to the Arab Convention against Corruption, in particular the decision on the regular holding of workshops for capitalize on experiences and exchange views on best practices relating to the implementation of this instrument.

It is taking place in an unprecedented context of health crisis with its negative impacts on compliance with transparency and integrity standards, particularly in terms of associated expenditure. This crisis also presents the risk of creating new forms of corruption and of undermining national efforts to combat this phenomenon, by further widening the disparities and inequalities between citizens and by undermining fundamental rights.

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