Kuwait keen on en­forc­ing world’s high­est anti-cor­rup­tion stan­dards

‘Erad­i­cat­ing graft vi­tal for state de­vel­op­ment plan suc­cess’

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

BAGH­DAD, April 16, (KUNA): Kuwait is ea­ger to en­hanc­ing anti-graft poli­cies through ap­ply­ing the world’s high­est stan­dards, chair­man of the na­tional anti-cor­rup­tion au­thor­ity has stated.

Kuwait is pri­or­i­tiz­ing all ef­forts to com­bat cor­rup­tion and ad­dress its root causes, Chair­man of the Kuwait Anti-Cor­rup­tion Au­thor­ity (Nazaha) Ab­dul­rah­man AlNe­mash said in his state­ment at the Sixth Min­is­te­rial Con­fer­ence of the Arab Net­work for the Pro­mo­tion of In­tegrity and Com­bat­ing Cor­rup­tion which kicked off in Bagh­dad Sun­day.

He clar­i­fied that Kuwait deeply be­lieved that erad­i­cat­ing graft was the most im­por­tant fac­tor for the suc­cess of the state de­vel­op­ment plan of 2035.

He lauded the gov­ern­ment’s un­lim­ited sup­port to the au­thor­ity’s ef­forts to elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion.

This sup­port had been crys­tal­ized in a se­ries gov­ern­ment de­crees to stream­line the au­thor­i­ties work, he sug­gested.

The Cab­i­net is pre­par­ing a new law to im­pose a merit-based sys­tem for the choice of lead­ers of the state in­sti­tu­tions, he dis­closed.

Al-Ne­mash noted that Kuwait had rushed to sign in­ter­na­tional and re­gional anti-cor­rup­tion con­ven­tions such as the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion against Cor­rup­tion; Arab An­tiCor­rup­tion Con­ven­tion; the Arab Con­ven­tion on Com­bat­ing Money Laun­der­ing and Ter­ror­ist Fi­nanc­ing; The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion against Transna­tional Or­ga­nized Crime (UNTOC); Arab Con­ven­tion against Transna­tional Or­ga­nized Crime; and the In­ter­na­tional An­ticor­rup­tion Academy agree­ment.

The state had also es­tab­lished Nazaha to spear­head the ef­forts to pro­mote trans­parency, in­tegrity and anti-cor­rup­tion and good gov­er­nance poli­cies in pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

Al-Ne­mash pointed out that Kuwait had also cre­ated proper le­gal frame­work for an ef­fec­tive fight against cor­rup­tion in both sec­tors.

The na­tional anti-cor­rup­tion au­thor­ity had helped for­mu­late a new law on the preven­tion of the con­flict of the in­ter­ests which was re­cently passed by the Na­tional Assem­bly, he said.

He added that the au­thor­ity had also re­ferred to the Na­tional Assem­bly a draft law on the right to the ac­cess of in­for­ma­tion as well as amend­ments to the pe­nal code to pe­nal­ize bribery in pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

The anti-graft body was also plan­ning to hold a fo­rum to get ex­perts views on the amend­ment of the ten­ders law, he noted.

Nazaha had ap­proved terms of ref­er­ence for set­ting a com­pre­hen­sive na­tional strat­egy for in­tegrity, trans­parency, and an­ticor­rup­tion to guar­an­tee Kuwait’s com­pli­ance with stan­dards iden­ti­fied in the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion against Cor­rup­tion and to im­prove Kuwait’s rank­ing on the global Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tions In­dex.

Of­fi­cials and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 18 Arab coun­tries and 25 or­ga­ni­za­tions are par­tak­ing in the con­ven­tion.

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