Accra, 9 December 2019 – To commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day, CHRAJ and partners held today a National Conference presenting the Report on the State of Corruption. The event was attended by the Guest of Honour His Excellency Mahamadu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana; other distinguished guests included the the EU Ambassador, Diana Acconcia and the British High Commissioner, Iain Walker.
Today’s National Conference is the culmination of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Week organised by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in partnership with the Office of the President, the Attorney General’s Office, Judicial Service, Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Ghana Police Service (GPS), Bank of Ghana, Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), PenPlusBytes and other stakeholders, 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.
Under the theme “NACAP: Mobilizing National Efforts and Resources to Combat Corruption, Five Years on”, the conference brought together a range of stakeholders from government, public and private sectors, academia, media, civil society and the general public among others, to reaffirm the collective commitment to fight corruption in its multiple forms.
Ghana’s fight against corruption is articulated by the overall anti-corruption policy framework of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP). The Parliament of Ghana adopted the NACAP as the coordinated anti-corruption policy of Ghana in 2014. It seeks to create a sustainable democratic Ghanaian society founded on good governance and instilled with high ethics and integrity. To further stress the collective action of public institutions and the steps taken to fight corruption, a short TV advertisement has been developed and has been airing on national television. Discussions have taken place over the week between the 2nd and 9th of December with a range of events in Accra and in the regions and on social media with the hashtags #GhanaSaysNo to #Corruption.
During the event, CHRAJ Deputy Commissioner, Richard Quayson presented the Report on the State of Corruption Report. The report has been compiled from information provided by a total of 182 Implementing Partners (IPs). Out of these 182, 117 reported that they had taken steps to establish safe reporting mechanisms at their workplaces. 68 IPs reported having received 187 complaints relating to corruption and various forms of misconduct at the workplace. Of the 187 complaints received, 113 were investigated leading to seven persons being sanctioned with reprimand, dismissal, refund of moneys or interdiction.
While Ghana has improved its position in the Corruption Perception Index from 40 to 41, CHRAJ reminded participants about the need to redouble national efforts to encourage stakeholders to continue to prioritise the implementation of NACAP activities until corruption is brought under control. Specifically, it is necessary to intensify the awareness raising and education of IPs, engender the interest of the private sector, MDAs, MMDAs in NACAP issues and concerns, and enforce existing legislation and policies to serve as deterrent.
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NOTES TO THE EDITORS
As part of the global efforts in addressing corruption, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and designated December 9 as the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) in order to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of UNCAC in combating and preventing it.
Subsequently, on an annual basis, the IACD is celebrated globally on 9th December to create global awareness on the harmful effects of corruption and the need for concerted and sustained partnership among stakeholders in order to effectively and efficiently address the corruption canker.
As a State Party to the UNCAC, Ghana has always joined the international anti-corruption community to celebrate the IACD following ratification of the UNCAC in 2007. Ghana’s efforts have culminated in the adoption of the week leading to the IACD on 9th December as the Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Week.
-> Link to TV Advertising for International Anti-Corruption Day: https://youtu.be/m-HB9bdRq5Y
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