Egypt s Administrative Control Authority (Photo: Al-Ahram)
The ACA, Egypt’s highest anti-graft authority, has attended the fifth annual general meeting of the Africa Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (AAACA) taking place from 20-23 June in Burundi.
The meeting’s theme is centred around “Protecting African heritage: Fighting corruption and illicit financial flows.”
The meeting reviewed the strategic plan of the AAACA until 2026 and the role of African anti-corruption agencies in combating illicit financial flows, the statement said.
Mali and Cameroon won the first and second deputy head of the association seats respectively, the statement said.
The fifth general meeting of the AAACA agreed to hold the coming meeting next year in South Africa as per the country’s request.
The AAACA is an independent international organisation bringing together anti-corruption authorities from around 40 member states to enhance cooperation on fighting corruption within the framework of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.
During the meeting, the ACA representative highlighted Egypt’s most successful practices in the anti-corruption field as well as the challenges facing the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy in Egypt 2019-2022.
The ACA is responsible for enforcing laws and regulations within state bodies and has been waging a national campaign on corruption in recent years.
Egypt has reiterated the need for African countries to intensify efforts to fight corruption and hosted African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF) in 2019 as the continent’s first anti-corruption forum with the participation of 51 African countries.
Egypt also hosted the ninth session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in December under the presidency of the the ACA chairman Hassan Abdel-Shafi.