Egypt aims to create national environment that combats corruption: PM Madbouly

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Dec 2022

Egypt launched on Wednesday the third phase of the National Strategy to Fight Corruption (2023 – 2030) during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) — the country's highest anti-graft body.

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The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Senate Speaker Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek, and Amr Adel, chairperson of the ACA, among others.

The strategy aims to create an "integrated national environment" that combats corruption, Madbouly said in his word during the ceremony.

He stressed the government's adherence to its principles, which are integrity, transparency, participation, the rule of law, equality, and accountability.

Madbouly also said that the third phase does not only include means of fighting forms of corruption, but also seeks to enhance human rights, especially the right to development.

Therefore, the implementation of the third phase of the strategy corresponds with Egypt's 2030 vision for development, Madbouly explained.

The launch of the third phase, Madbouly noted, coincides with the current economic and social challenges facing the whole world. Such challenges, he said, may invite corruption practices and, therefore, impede the development process.

Corruption impacts society as a whole by inflicting not only material and economic damages but also social and humanitarian ones, the prime minister said.

Egypt launched the first phase of the strategy between 2014 and 2018 and the second between 2019 and 2022. The UN dubbed the former a successful practice by the country in this domain. 

Egypt also hosted the first African conference to fight corruption in June 2019 with the participation of 51 nations.

It also hosted the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in December 2021 with the participation of 141 nations.

Both events had aimed to exchange expertise and to enhance cooperation between regional and international sides in the field of fighting corruption.

Egypt's efforts reflect its commitment to the UN Convention Against Corruption signed by Egypt in 2003, Madbouly said, adding that "we are proud that Egypt has played a significant role in the efforts that lead to its adoption by 189 countries."

Madbouly reviewed the country's efforts to combat corruption over the past years, highlighting the government's strides to automate government services to eliminate any mediums between requester and service provider.

He highlighted to the steps taken so far by the government to automate the litigation system to facilitate  procedures for citizens and achieve prompt justice.

Furthermore, the premier highlighted the government's  launching of a portal for government procurement to enhance the efficiency of the procurement system so that it becomes based on transparency, competition and objectivity.

In terms of accountability, Madbouly highlighted the government's development of a unified complaints system affiliated to the cabinet.

The government, he said, had also formulated a code of professional conduct for public employees and launched a jobs portal to announce vacancies at the government bodies in order to lay down the principle of equality and to guarantee equality of opportunity.

 

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