31/10/2013 - Azerbaijan must do more to enforce recently introduced anti-corruption laws and to ensure law enforcement has the resources to prosecute complex corruption crimes, says a new OECD report.
The report commends Azerbaijan for introducing major reforms since its last review in 2010, including important laws against corruption and strengthening the Anti-Corruption Prosecution Department. Without proper enforcement, however, progress may stall.
The report calls on Azerbaijan to improve its capacity to prevent, detect and punish corruption crimes. It should:
The report also highlights positive aspects of Azerbaijan’s efforts to fight corruption, such as the simplification and modernisation of administrative procedures and the establishment of e-services for citizens to reduce the scope for administrative corruption; empowering the Ombudsmen to oversee implementation of freedom of information legislation; and amendments to the new Law on Political Parties aimed at providing for greater transparency of political financing.
The full report on Azerbaijan is available here.
The IAP is an initiative launched in 2003 to support anti-corruption reform efforts in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, as part of the OECD Working Group on Bribery outreach work under its regional initiative Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
For further information, journalists should contact Mrs Tanya Khavanska at the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division at (33) 1 45 24 94 43 or email@example.com