Egypt plans to hold anti-corruption courses on the occasion of African Anti-Corruption Day

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jul 2019

File Photo of President El-Sisi during inaugurating the African Anti-Corruption Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh last month

Egypt plans to hold two courses at the National Anti-Corruption Academy for 86 trainees from the cadres of African countries working in anti-corruption on the occasion of the African Anti-Corruption Day.

Africa declared 11 July to be African Anti-Corruption Day, to be celebrated every year.

The two courses are supposed to tackle the importance role of governance in fighting and preventing corruption.

The trainees will also be trained on the methods of investigation and information collection, internal control and the development of financial audit skills.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced last year 250 training grants at the National Anti-Corruption Academy of the Administrative Control Authority to African cadres working in anti-corruption.

El-Sisi signed the African Union Convention on Prevention and Combating Corruption on the sidelines of the Addis Ababa Summit in 2017.

In light of its chairmanship of the African Union this year, Egypt is keen to support the efforts of the African continent to combat corruption by providing all possible means of cooperation to the African countries.

The latest in such efforts was hosting the African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF) in Sharm El-Sheikh last month, with more than 200 senior officials from 48 African countries and nine international organisations attending.

The main objective of the AACF, which was organised by the Administrative Control Authority, was to encourage African countries to adopt policies, programmes and work plans that contribute to the eradication of corruption.

From his side, the Chairman of Egypt's Administrative Control Authority Sherif Saif Eddin was keen to strengthen bilateral and mutual relations with the African anti-corruption bodies as well as concerned entities.

Saif Eddin also headed the fourth annual general meeting of the Africa Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities that was held last month on the sidelines of the AACF. 

On 11 July 2003, the AU Summit endorsed the African Union Convention on Prevention and Combating Corruption, reflecting the will and the political commitment of leaders of African countries to fight corruption.

The same day in which the convention was endorsed, 11 July, was marked afterwards as the African Anti-Corruption Day.

This year, the African Union Advisory Board announced the slogan 'Towards a Common African Position on Asset Recovery' to mark the African Anti-Corruption Day, given the importance of this issue for the advancement of the African continent.

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