National Day/ Administrative Control and Transparency Authority… Sustained Effort to Combat Corruption

Doha, – Qatar’s Administrative Control and Transparency Authority aims at achieving the highest integrity indicators in the field of public service, combating corruption in all its forms and manifestations, and playing an active role to fulfill the obligations of the State of Qatar under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

In 2016, the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority took part in several international fora in order to identify the most important international developments and the best practices in the promotion of integrity in the civil service, and to strengthen the relationship with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and its regional program for the Middle East and North Africa.

The Authority’s activities at the international level also aimed at strengthening the position of the State of Qatar as a state supportive of integrity and transparency efforts in the Middle East.

In this context, the State of Qatar ranked the 22nd in the world in the Corruption Perception Index out of 168 countries, and retained least corrupt country rank in Arab world. Qatar also ranked first amongst Arab countries in combating administrative corruption, according to the Competitiveness of Arab Economies Report for 2016, issued by the Arab Monetary Fund.

Regionally, the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority plays an active role in the exchange of expertise and commitment to the Arab Anti Corruption Convention. The Authority took part in a number of relevant meetings, and was an active part in the preparation of the GCC decision to join the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention as a regional organization, in addition to the development of proposals and recommendations for the implementation of joint awareness programs to promote integrity and combat corruption in the Gulf cooperation Council.

The Authority also contributed to the development of proposals to motivate and activate voluntary work to promote integrity and combat corruption in the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the development of a comprehensive vision on the development of a pilot system or a law to protect public money in the GCC countries.

At the national level, the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority plays an important role as the main coordinator to enhance communication among stakeholders, and the Authority achieved many accomplishments in this regard.

The Authority formed the national coordination team to follow up Qatar’s implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), under the guidance of the Council of Ministers representing all relevant national authorities.

The Authority also carried out the analysis of the report submitted by the State of Qatar in the first UNCAC review report, and diagnosed the gaps that need to be addressed, developed proposals, and formed subsidiary national teams to propose the interventions required to implement the recommendations that have emerged in the report.

Moreover, the Authority has started the preparation of drafts laws related to the promotion of integrity, transparency to address the legislative gaps that have appeared in the first review report, and get ready for the second review report of the UN convention.

Meanwhile, the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority is preparing a self-assessment of the implementation of UN convention, in preparation for the second review report. The assessment will start this year and will focus on two chapters (preventive measures) and (asset recovery).

The Authority is also preparing a national strategy to promote integrity and transparency in the State of Qatar and is working on its implementation in coordination with the relevant authorities in the state. It is also preparing a national framework for assessing integrity and transparency of the national institutions in accordance with the best international standards and practices.

Meanwhile, the Authority is studying and analyzing the sub-indices of the corruption perceptions prepared by Transparency International organization, and other relevant international indicators, in order to identify the points of weaknesses and develop a plan that aims at improving the position of the State of Qatar in those indicators.

The Authority is also coordinating to set up a mechanism of cooperation with the National Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Committee, and to develop a plan to carry out awareness campaigns to promote integrity and transparency in public office in coordination with the concerned authorities.

Source: Qatar News Agency