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Anti-corruption agency seeks closer cooperation with IACA

VIENNA, Dec 13, (KUNA): Kuwaiti Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al- Sane’ met with Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti- Corruption Academy (IACA) Martin Kreutner on Saturday.

The meeting, hosted by Kuwait Embassy, gathered also Chairman of Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (KACA) Justice Abdulrahman Al- Nemash and Kuwait Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) Sadeq Marafi. Speaking to KUNA following the meeting, the Kuwaiti minister said he has congratulated Kreutner on the success of the fourth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties which came to a close earlier today. “We have explored the possibilities of benefiting from IACA’s training programs through holding joint courses for personnel and workshops,” he said, noting that IACA’s dean is expected to visit Kuwait soon. “Kuwait is always interested in promoting the fruitful cooperation and experience sharing with the UN agencies,” the minister affirmed.

On his part, Justice Al-Nemash said Kuwait has been keen on joining since last May the membership of IACA – a global institution based Laxenburg, Austria, and dedicated to overcoming the shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption. “The participation of Minister Al- Sane’ in the fourth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties is indicative of Kuwait’s desire to strengthen cooperation with international organizations in the combat against corruption which is a collective responsibility,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, IACA’s dean welcomed, in a similar statement to KUNA, Kuwait as a new member of the organization and appreciated the country’s remarkable role at international forums. Kreutner noted that Academy provides a new, holistic approach to anti-corruption education and research, delivers and facilitates anti-corruption training for practitioners from all sectors of society, and provides technical support and assistance to a wide variety of stakeholders. It offers standardized and tailor-made trainings, academic degree programmes, opportunities for dialogue and networking, anti-corruption think-tank and benchmarking activities, he added. Ambassador Marafi commended as effective the participation of the Kuwaiti delegation in the fourth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties. “Kuwait has successfully joined the Organization out of keenness on sharing responsibility with specialized international organization in the combat against corruption and other related crimes such as money laundering and financing for terrorism,” he added. Minister Al-Sane’ and his accompanying delegation left for home this evening after taking part in the gathering.

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