HPR Speaker: fight against corruption implies collective mobilisation
07/12/2018 18:02, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Speaker of the House of People's Representatives (HPR) Mohamed Ennaceur said Friday in Tunis that the fight against corruption implies a collective mobilisation of all political actors and civil society and a daily action that does not concern a definite social or political category.

Speaking at the opening of the 3rd National Anti-Corruption Conference, organised on December 7 and 8 at the initiative of the National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC), Ennaceur considered that the fight against corruption is one of the expressions of a just and equitable democratic society.

"We need to establish a culture against corruption and the corrupt," he placed emphasis.

He voiced hope to see educators, men of culture, intellectuals, thinkers and media contribute to the fight against corruption in order to protect society from failures that could lead to corrupt practices.

For him, the fight against corruption requires the establishment of a comprehensive system based on a rational vision and effective strategies that comply with the law and must be implemented in a firm manner.

The HPR Speaker recalled, in this Connection, the bills passed during the current parliamentary term in connection with the fight against corruption including the Organic Law on the fight against terrorism and money laundering and the fight against corruption and organic law relating to the Financial and Economic Judiciary Pole.

Referring to the election in the coming days of the members of the council of the Good Governance and Fight against Corruption Authority, Mohamed Ennaceur said that several HPR committees are currently examining 4 bills in relation with the issue of corruption, including the draft organic law on the Court of Auditors.

For his part, Chawki Tabib, President of INLUCC commended the efforts of policy-makers in Tunisia to improve the legal and institutional framework of the fight against corruption.

In this regard, he called for issuing the relevant implementing decrees and the acceleration of the election of the members of the Council for Good Governance and the Fight against Corruption Authority, a constitutional body provided for in Article 13 of the Constitution.

For his part, Secretary-General of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), Taieb Baccouche stressed the need to be specific about the concept of corruption and the people involved. Because, he said, the use of this expression is sometimes inappropriate and requires clarification.

According to him, the fight against corruption is a societal responsibility that depends on citizen participation and that of state institutions and civil society.

Participants in this conference,organised with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), will discuss the achievements made in the fight against corruption and make the necessary recommendations for the next periods.

The Conference is held on the sidelines of the observance of the National and International Anti-Corruption Day, on December 9.

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