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5th ministerial congress of the Arab Integrity and Anti-Corruption Network

Published the:  05/09/2016

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September 5, 2016 - TAP - Prime Minister Youssef Chahed estimated that "fight against corruption and terrorism" is the two sides of the same coin targeting the citizen, the central axis of all development," affirming that war against corruption by holding offenders to account is "more complex, sometimes more difficult than fight against terrorism."

In an address at the opening, Monday evening, of the 5th ministerial congress of the Arab Integrity and Anti-Corruption Network (ACINET), organised September 5-7 on the theme: "Strengthening Accountability for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region," he pointed out that "anti-corruption fight strategies and tools to activate accountability can be efficient in lack of experience and training and to establish an Arab and south-south co-operation so that experiences and best policies in this field benefit everyone without exception."

Chahed specified that "the government is looking into draft laws to reinforce the legislative arsenal in matters of anti-corruption fight and will take several measures in the coming days."

Taking the floor, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Tunisia reasserted UNDP's willingness to keep on supporting Tunisia's efforts in fight against corruption and terrorism.

For ACINET President Achref Rifi, fight against corruption requires a real political will, "lack of transparency impedes this fight in some countries," he added.

ACINET facilitates information and experiences exchange, strengthens capacities related to the general politics and co-operates with various partners including the UNDP, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).