09/06/2011 - Governments in the Arab region should quickly step up their efforts to tackle bribery and corruption in order to boost job creation, improve living standards through achieving the MDGs and promote trust in government.
This will be the message delivered in Rabat on 10 June 2011 when senior government officials from across the region, together with representatives from business and civil society, meet to discuss ways to tackle corruption more effectively.
Despite public declarations and signing up to a number of international anti-corruption commitments, many governments in the region have yet to turn their words into concrete action, says the OECD. But the ongoing political developments in the region have highlighted the need for governments to work more closely with civil society, business and trade unions in order to reinforce citizens’ participation and trust in government.
“Governments need to seize this opportunity to tackle corruption, promote good governance and boost the region’s economic and social development,” said Richard Boucher, OECD Deputy Secretary-General. “Putting the fight against corruption high on the political agenda and acting quickly are vital.”
“There is a need for us to revisit our approaches in light of the on-going developments, which have broken the traditional way of thinking” said Adel Abdellatif, Chief of the Regional Program division in the UNDP Bureau for Arab States.
Participants at the “Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Putting Anti-corruption Commitments into Practice: Transparency, Participation and Rule of Law”, organised under the high patronage of the King of Morocco with the support of OECD, UNDP and UNODC, will:
discuss concrete mechanisms that businesses can put in place to reinforce integrity in their operations, including through internal controls, compliance programmes and sector-specific integrity pacts.
The Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness in the Arab region about the importance of ratifying and implementing the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) as well as encouraging countries to adhere to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and other international standards. It is anticipated that the conclusions of the multi-stakeholder dialogue will feed into the discussions of the Conference of the State Parties to the UNCAC to be held in October 2011.
For more information on the conference, journalists should contact Amal Larhlid of the OECD's Public Governance directorate or Dania Markouzi at the UNDP.