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Integrity and Anti- corruption Commission participation in the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Arab Network for Integrity in Tunis

10/12/2016 12:51:46 PM

Tunis-A Jordanian official delegation attended the meetings of the Fifth Conference of the Arab Network for Integrity and Anti-Corruption, which was held recently in Tunis, by a presence of Arab Ministers of Justice, Presidents of Integrity and anti-corruption bodies in the Arab world, specialists and experts from international, regional and Arab organizations.
From Jordan's side, the two-day high-ranking delegation included the Minister of Justice Dr. Bassam Talhouni and Chairman of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission and representatives of civil society organizations.
Dr. Talhouni headed the second day session which discussed the topic of accountability in the Arab countries, using facts and figures and its connection to the goals of sustainable  development and the means to activate it in the light of the Arab and international standards.  He said that Jordan was among the first countries that participated in the international efforts to highlight the United Nations Convention Against Corruption to come into existence, it was one of the vanguards of the signatory states and ratified by pointing out that the legislation graft Law No. 21 of 2014 which replaced the financial disclosure law No. 54 of 2006 to expand the umbrella of persons covered by graft law.
 Meanwhile, Chairman of The Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission  Mr.Allaf, said "that the Royal vision of the fight against corruption in Jordan is being structured around a central idea: that the fight against corruption will not achieve significant progress except in the framework of a comprehensive and effective prevention programs based on a solid political and societal grounds, represented in a full prolonged integrity system, which includes all state sectors, the institutions of civil society and the private sector.  In order to allow the establishment of a serious credibility of government policies, and create broad  swaths of  confidence in state institutions, departments, and safety of its policies, and offer opportunities for the success of national development programs."

      He contributed  in a speech at the meeting where he explained that the process of  building a national integrity system began in late 2012 when His Majesty King Abdullah assigned to The Royal Commission to draft a national charter for the integrity which is considering  today a landmark in the process of comprehensive reform in the kingdom, adding that this Charter aims to devote national standards of integrity that must be abide by state institutions in all of its work to achieve the best performance, and optimal management of national resources, and accomplish more economical and effective manner to prevent corruption and stop wastage of public money and achieve the objectives of national policies.

He pointed out that this transformation included two main components:
   First, the merger Anti-Corruption Commission and the Ombudsman Bureau in a single institution.
   The second is that the new addition to new institution is the  implementation of the National Integrity as a key component of the overall process of national reform components as desired by His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein.
    He added that the articles of the law granted the Commission wide powers within the scope of the consolidation of integrity and control of applications in the areas of prevention, awareness and receiving complaints  and process them in a quick and flexible manner, as well as in the areas of search of information and evidences , Investigations and follow-up and the judicial police in addition to the monitoring of imbalances and anticipating the hotbeds of corruption and detecting and undressing  corruption cases, which does not contradict with the provisions of the law in the on public freedoms and prevent the character assassination.
Mr. Allaf and stressed that "we feel the magnitude of the challenges that in the coming years in the areas of integrity and anti-corruption, and we are fully aware that the first step in the fight against corruption is to build bridges of mutual trust between the state and society through openness, transparency and the rule of law policies."

   He stressed that the real challenge facing the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission for the next ten years, is political, security  community-based compound  that imposes a series of diverse challenges such as the need to speed state institutions in response to the national integrity system and international standards. And the ability of the commission to employ state tools for the benefit of this strategy, as well as the challenge of building human capabilities, functional, technical, and financial as well as its ability to bridge the gap between the public administration and public opinion in the area of integrity and anti-corruption.print