African Union board urges 'zero tolerance' policy over corruption

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The African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) has called on African governments to uphold zero tolerance policy on corruption in their respective countries.
"As an AU body, we are requesting the heads of state and government of the states parties to the convention to provide the necessary political will in the fight against corruption and to uphold a zero tolerance policy for corruption in their countries," the newly elected chair of AUABC Daniel Batidam said when speaking at the 17th Ordinary Session held in northern Tanzania’s city of Arusha.

The renowned Ghanaian anti-corruption campaigner and former Executive Director of the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption expressed concern on the adverse effects of corruption perpetuated by some multinational corporations especially in the Africa’s extractive industry.

Addressing the meeting communique, Batidam said the AUABC recognized the work of the African Panel of Eminent Persons in the fight against corruption, especially in the extractive industries.

While reiterating its commitment to providing the necessary leadership towards the fight against corruption in Africa, the board called upon African states to swiftly ratify the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption in their respective countries.

The session observed that a number of AU member states have not yet ratified the convention, which was adopted in 2003 in an effort to address corruption in the public and private sectors.

The 11-man board also called on national governments through national anti-corruption agencies or other relevant public bodies to promote the implementation of the convention at the national level, requesting the AU Commission to provide financial and human resource support for the implementation of the programs of the advisory board.

The African Union Advisory Board on Corruption is an autonomous organ established within the AU in terms of Article 22 of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.

The board is mandated to promote and encourage the adoption of measures and actions by state parties to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption and related offenses in Africa as well as to follow up on the application of those measures and submit a report to the Executive Council on a regular basis on the progress made by each state party in complying with the provisions of the convention.

SOURCE: Coastweek: