Kuwait launches ‘Adaa’ project to combat corruption in government

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Kuwait unveils ‘Adaa’ project, a groundbreaking accreditation system to target corruption in government agencies.

KUWAIT CITY, April 23: In a collaborative effort between the Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), the British Embassy in Kuwait, and the Global Partners Governance Foundation (GPG), a pioneering accreditation system for government sector bodies has been officially launched. The initiative, named the “Adaa” project, marks a significant step towards bolstering transparency, integrity, and the fight against corruption within governmental institutions.

The “Adaa” project aims to incentivize adherence to the rules of conduct among government employees by recognizing and rewarding entities that demonstrate a commitment to professional and ethical standards. By fostering a culture of accountability, the accreditation system seeks to promote ethical behavior and combat corruption within the government sector.

Five government agencies participated in the pilot phase of the accreditation system: the Direct Investment Promotion Authority, the Anti-Corruption Authority, the Environment Public Authority, the General Food and Nutrition Authority, and the General Institution for Social Insurance. These institutions were awarded the “bronze” level for their ongoing efforts in implementing ethical practices.

Salem Al-Ali, the Secretary-General of Nazaha, highlighted the significance of the “Adaa” project in ensuring the implementation of codes of conduct circulated by the Civil Service Commission. He emphasized that the initiative is aligned with international standards and best practices, drawing upon the experiences of other ambitious state institutions shared during the project’s inaugural conference.

In a statement delivered on behalf of the British Ambassador to Kuwait, Belinda Lewis, Deputy Head of the British Mission, Sunny Ahmed, lauded the new accreditation system as a means of publicly recognizing ethical practices in government institutions. Ahmed underscored the positive impact of the initiative on enhancing public confidence in the delivery of government services and creating transparent and stable operating environments for companies and investors.

The launch of the “Adaa” project signifies Kuwait’s commitment to combating corruption, promoting transparency, and fostering a culture of accountability within its governmental institutions. With collaboration between local and international partners, Kuwait aims to set a precedent for ethical governance and integrity in the public sector.

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