Saudi Arabia records successes in “fighting corruption” locally and internationally

Saudi Arabia records successes in “fighting corruption” locally and internationally
Saudi Arabia records successes in “fighting corruption” locally and internationally

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recorded many successes at the local and international levels in the fight against corruption. This is a result of the wise leadership’s attention to this aspect, which translates into unlimited support for the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) in order to enhance efforts aimed at protecting integrity and combating corruption.

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was only to highlight the importance that the wise leadership attaches to the issue of combating corruption, and enhancing aspects of transparency and principles of integrity, to be among the requirements for achieving the vision. at all levels.

The Kingdom is currently witnessing, during the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and his Crown Prince – may God preserve them – a roadmap to combat corruption, to be a main pillar of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 aimed at implementing reforms at all levels and reducing corruption risks.

The Kingdom is working resolutely to eliminate financial and administrative corruption, consolidate the principles of transparency, justice and economic reform to ensure effectiveness, protect and preserve public money, achieve social and economic stability for the country, enhance investor confidence, and continue to improve the Kingdom’s position in international classifications related to integrity, transparency and anti-corruption. .

In the same context, the Kingdom held, under its presidency of the Group of Twenty countries during the year 2020, the first ministerial meeting of its kind for ministers concerned with combating corruption in the countries of the group, during which they discussed coordinated efforts to combat corruption in response to the emerging Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic, and many The main topics on the agenda of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, including: Strengthening international cooperation to combat corruption, the Riyadh Initiative (GlobE Network) aimed at strengthening informal international cooperation between anti-corruption authorities, and the high-level principles of the G-20 countries on: developing and implementing national strategies To combat corruption, employ information and communication technologies to enhance integrity in the public sector, and enhance integrity in privatization processes and partnerships between the public and private sectors. The meeting issued the first ministerial statement of its kind in the field of anti-corruption for the group’s countries, laying out a future road map for the group’s countries in the same field, highlighting Highlighting vital cross-border issues, such as asset recovery, beneficiary transparency, denial of safe haven, and foreign bribery. The member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf have also adopted the statement as an official guiding document.

Among the most prominent outputs of the Kingdom’s presidency of the group’s countries during the past year 2020, is the Riyadh initiative (GlobE Network) to enhance international cooperation in the field of law enforcement for anti-corruption bodies, for which the Kingdom contributed with its support of 10 million US dollars to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Being the umbrella sponsor of the initiative, as the body responsible for the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which is the only legally binding global instrument in this field.

The Riyadh initiative aims, among other things, to create a global platform to facilitate the exchange of information between anti-corruption law enforcement authorities, launch a capacity building program within the network for anti-corruption officials, especially in developing countries, and enhance utilization of existing international law enforcement networks.

And out of the keenness of the leaders of the G20 countries and their awareness of the threat posed by the scourge of corruption at all levels, the issue of the importance of combating corruption and strengthening international cooperation in this regard was among the paragraphs of the final statement issued by them in the light of the (Riyadh Summit of the Group of Twenty), which was held under the chairmanship of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques The two sheriffs, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – may God protect him – emphasized, through the statement, the importance of continuity by being a role model in this field around the world.

In the midst of the international welcome that the initiative received, the political declaration of the meeting of the special session of the United Nations General Assembly devoted to combating corruption, held on June 2-4 of this year 2021 AD in New York, came to welcome the establishment of the Riyadh Initiative Network (GlobE Network), which was launched by the Kingdom In partnership with the United Nations, on the sidelines of the special session at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna.

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