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‘Global cooperation crucial in fight against corruption’

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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 8: Deputy Chairman of the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) Counselor Nawaf Al- Mahmel stressed on Wednesday, the importance of strengthening international cooperation in the fight against corruption, noting that the fight against corruption is no longer a local affair, but rather a phenomenon that affects all societies and economies, according to what he said.

This came in a speech at the forum organized by Nazaha on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, which the world celebrates to enhance awareness of the dangers of corruption and the role of the UN Convention in reducing and preventing its risks. Al-Mahmel said that the State of Kuwait, represented by the Public Anti-Corruption Authority, always seeks to enhance international cooperation and communication in order to diversify sources of expertise and experience to identify good practices in the areas of preventing and combating corruption. He added that Kuwait was keen to issue a special law that allows enjoying the right to access information, according to the provisions of Article 10 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Satisfied He explained that Kuwait was not satisfied with this legislative expansion that guarantees the stability of the values of integrity and transparency, but rather published all its reports issued regarding the response to the self-assessment lists in the context of the first session of the first phase of the mechanism for reviewing the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, as well as its agreement to publish all its reports related to the work of the session.The second is to be published in the coming period. He stated that Kuwait was also keen to make available the national information space in everything related to plans, strategies and policies to prevent and combat corruption pursued by the government in devotion to the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability.

The forum discussed several legislations and procedures representing measures to prevent corruption. It also addressed two important axes in the preventive and legal procedural efforts to combat corruption. The first axis urges the right to access information and the United Nations Convention against Corruption, while the second axis discusses the role of financial disclosure in preventing and combating corruption. The forum was attended by the Assistant Secretary- General for the Prevention Sector, Abrar Al-Hammad, and the Regional Director of the United Nations Office in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Hatem Fouad, while officials and specialists in the areas of anti-corruption, law and civil society from inside and outside Kuwait participated, including the Kuwait Transparency Society and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Stolen Funds Recovery (STAR) Initiative, the Jordan Transparency Center, and the World Bank. (KUNA)

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