12/3/2011 - The new Kyrgyz government should meet popular demand to stamp out corruption by improving its laws, reinforcing monitoring and working more closely with civil society, according to a new report by the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan (IAP).
The Kyrgyz Republic should prioritise making its anti-corruption legislation compliant with international standards, strengthen the prosecution of corruption-related crimes, and give public institutions the resources they need to deliver and monitor the 2012 State Strategy on Anti-Corruption Policy, says the report.
It commends Kyrgyz authorities for adopting this new strategy and creating the Anti-Corruption Service to strengthen law-enforcement capacities to fight corruption. The Kyrgyz Republic has also taken important steps to better regulate political party financing, strengthen the supreme audit institution, and modernise its civil service in order to reduce opportunities for corruption.
However, the level of corruption remains high, especially in the area of business regulations and spending of public funds. To address these challenges, the Kyrgyz Republic should:
• Ensure the necessary funding for the implementation of the new anti-corruption strategy and genuine involvement of civil society in in this process;
• Ensure that there is a public body responsible forprevention of corruption and awareness raising;
• Introduce an effective liability of legal persons for corruption and money laundering;
• Strengthen public sector integrity, establish asset declarations system for public officials and ensure the independence of the public prosecution bodies;
• Streamline access to information legislation, ensure its enforcement and raise awareness on the right of citizens to information.
Read the full report and recommendations on the Kyrgyz Republic.
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 under its regional initiative Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
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