Accra, 11 March 2020. Eleven key accountability institutions sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on information exchange and collaboration in combating corruption and crime.
The agreement was spearheaded by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), with the support of the European Union through its Accountability Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP), implemented by the Spanish public foundation FIIAPP.
The other ten institutions which signed the MoU were the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Parliament of Ghana, the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, the Ghana Audit Service, Ghana Police Service (GPS), the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), the Internal Audit Agency, the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), and the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
The signing was witnessed by representatives of civil society organisations, such as Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), the Association of Parliamentary Network Against Corruption, and some private sector representatives.
The agreement is in line with recommendations under the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), adopted by the Parliament of Ghana in 2014. The plan identifies collaboration among Anti-Corruption Agencies as a key activity to achieving Strategic Objective 4, which is “to Conduct Effective Investigations and Prosecution of Corrupt Conduct.”
As part of the agreement, there will be exchange information, promotion for synergy and better co-ordination of activities, enhancement of the capacity of KAIs to address challenges of emerging methods of corruption and crime, and minimising the potential for mandate overlaps.
In line with this, an Information Exchange Forum shall be established where specific activities, including sharing information and experiences and periodic engagements, will be undertaken every three months.
Corruption is a very serious problem in the country. It has devastating effects on the development of the country and a threat to national security. That corruption allows organized crime, terrorism, and other threats to human security to flourish is no more in doubt. Moreover, corruption undermines the capacity of the State and its institutions to function efficiently.
In order to address corruption, various measures have been adopted over the years to combat corruption in the country.
These measures include the adoption of legislative and other measures, which have helped to streamline the systems of managing and accounting for the effective and efficient use of Ghana’s limited resources and improved public service delivery.
The signing of the MoU is another milestone in Ghana’s efforts to combat corruption and crime.
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