Saudi Arabia Joins Global Corruption Prosecution Body – Eurasia Review

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By Hebshi Alshammari

Saudi Arabia was recently elected by the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) as an active member of the academy’s board for three years.

The election is a recognition of the Kingdom’s efforts in protecting financial integrity and fighting corruption, the SPA reported.

This also reflects the Saudi government’s cooperation with international bodies and organizations, including the Riyadh Initiative, which was announced during the Saudi G20 Presidency in 2020.

Dr. Shakir Al-Saleh, director general for building integrity at the Anti-Corruption and Surveillance Authority (Nazaha), is expected to represent the Kingdom on the IACA board.

Al-Saleh, who also oversees the Integrity Training Center in Nazaha, told Arab News: “The Kingdom’s assumption of this position for the first time since the establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Academy in 2011 is an appreciation of the international community. for the tireless efforts of the State in the fight against all cross-border corruption crimes.

The academy’s inaugural conference, “From Vision to Reality”, took place in Vienna, Austria, with the participation of more than 1,000 delegates from UN member states, international organizations, NGOs, private sector, civil society and academia. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was the guest of honour.

Al-Saleh expressed hope that Saudi Arabia’s election to the board will help develop and improve the role of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, “for all countries, especially developing countries, in a manner that serves to enhance international cooperation on corruption”. cases and limits the havens for the corrupt.

Al-Saleh said the COVID-19 pandemic “poses a major challenge for the academy, which has led to the inability to deliver some of its activities and programs as required. In addition to the challenges related to the financial resources of the ‘academy.

He stressed that Saudi Arabia and the rest of the academy members intend to “provide appropriate solutions that ensure the sustainability of its work and its advancement”, adding that they will aim “to support all countries in the provision of their specialist training”. and academic needs on topics related to anti-corruption.

The chief executive said: “We can say that the first decade of the life of the academy was an establishment stage, and several academic and training programs were started there, the most important of which are three master’s programs specialized in matters of corruption. . ”

He underlined that the IACA aspires to spend the second decade of its life focused on strengthening its cooperative ties with the international community. By working more closely with various countries, he said the academy could better understand their relevant needs to fight corruption and provide specialized solutions and programs to meet their needs.

“We also aspire to transfer knowledge to Arab countries by offering the academy’s programs in Arabic,” he concluded.

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