Azerbaijan has continued to make progress in fighting corruption but needs to build its capacity to investigate and prosecute corruption and regulate conflicts of interest. These are among the findings of a new report by the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan (IAP) adopted on 31 March.
The IAP is an initiative launched in 2003 to support anti-corruption reform efforts in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan as part of the OECD Working Group on Bribery outreach work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
In order to ensure Azerbaijan better implements important anti-corruption measures, the IAP recommended to:
- Strengthen the capacity of the Anti-Corruption Department;
- Reinforce its laws to hold companies liable for corruption offences;
- Ensure greater involvement of public institutions and civil society in national anti-corruption efforts;
- Track levels and trends in corruption in Azerbaijan more closely;
- Implement a more transparent public procurement system; and
- Better monitor political party financing.
This report commends Azerbaijan on progress made in implementing important anti-corruption measures, including:
- New National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Anti-Corruption Action Plan;
- Criminalising active and passive bribery and building capacity to enforce criminal legislation;
- Strengthening rules for merit-based, competitive employment for civil servants; and
- Building government capacity to prevent money-laundering.
The full report and recommendations on Azerbaijan are available here.
Azerbaijan’s efforts to implement the recommendations included in the IAP report will continue to be monitored. IAP is a key sub-regional initiative of the OECD Working Group on Bribery regional initiative Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
For further information, you can contact Ms. Inese Gaika at the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division at (33) 1 45 24 13 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org.