ALSAI participates in the conference “Strengthening the Collaborative Relations between SAIs and ACAs”

19.12.2019

On December 14-15, 2019, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the Albanian Supreme Audit Institution  participated in the 8th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) which was organized with the focus on strengthening collaborative relations between the Institutions, Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) and the Anti-Corruption Authorities (ACA). Over 200 participants from different countries and continents participated in this event. ALSAI was represented at this conference by Mr. Muhamet Kalaja, Senior Auditor and Mr. Delor Prosi, First Auditor.

In his opening remarks, the President of the SAI of United Arab Emirates, Mr. Harib Saeed Al Amimi, after welcoming the participants, stressed the importance of the collaboration of SAIs and the authorities in the fight against corruption. "This is just the beginning of an important journey!" said Saeed Al Amimi, after stating that only with constant vigilance and continuous collaboration we can achieve the main objectives, which are transparency, accountability and uncompromising fight against corruption.

Mr. Majed M. Elbayya, a World Bank procurement specialist emphasized the importance of paying attention to procurement as one of the sectors where the most funds go and consequently there is more corruption. He emphasized that it is imperative that the staff involved in the procurement investigation has be properly and consistently trained.

Mrs. Nicoletta Parisi, representative of the National Anti-Corruption Authority in Italy, underlined that collaboration through SAIs and ACAs at national level is not sufficient, but that it should be extended to international cooperation with counterpart institutions.

Representatives of UNODC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said they were pleased with the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), having been ratified so far by 186 states, over 90% of them have made adjustments to the national legal framework. More than half of them say the Convention has begun to bear fruit, enabling better international coordination in the fight against corruption.

 

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During the conference, representatives from different countries presented their national strategies for the fight against corruption, bringing examples of the implementation of these strategies and the challenges they face. The conference reiterated the seriousness with which the fight against corruption is being seen by the largest international organizations, the Supreme Audit Institutions and the anti-corruption authorities.