The members of the
Arab Anti Corruption and Integrity Network, in its fifth ministerial conference
held in Tunis, elected the representative of Iraq and CoI Commissioner Dr.
Hassan Al-Yassiri as the head of the network for the next cycle.
The conference was
titled “supporting accountability to advance sustained development in the Arab
region”. The participants amounted to 200 entities competent with combating
corruption from 30 Arab countries. The conference dealt with future challenges
and efforts in addition to discussing the aims adopted by the members and the
methods to develop anti corruption mechanisms.
The participants in the conference highlighted the concept of
accountability and its relation to sustained development in building confidence
in the state, providing a protection against terrorism and fundamentalism. The
participants also emphasized the necessity to plan practical and realistic programs,
and to unify the effort through the Arab network in order to develop new legal
drafts and enhance the experience by developing accountability mechanisms. Those
mechanisms would specifically to parliaments, oversight agencies and
judiciaries in cooperation with the civil society organizations.
The sessions of the conference and the speeches by some officials
commended the Iraqi experience, represented by the Iraqi Commission of
Integrity. The CoI was commended for prosecuting senior officials in the Iraqi
government, in a step that was described as bold and lacking in other Arab
countries, including the experience of the Arab Spring.
It should be noted that the CoI Commissioner Dr. Hassan Al-Yassiri was
elected as the head of the network following his election as a chair in the 9
person council of governors of international anti corruption academy in the Vienna,
as representative of Asia. The second position was awarded for the Commissioner
in a personal capacity, regardless of his position. The 9 members of the
council of governors are academic personalities influential in the
international anti corruption field.
The Arab Anti Corruption and Integrity Network includes 47 ministries
and commissions from 17 Arab countries, in addition to two observer states,
Brazil and France. The membership also includes 23 non-governmental entities,
from the private sector or the academic field.
The Arab Anti Corruption and Integrity Network aims at developing the
capabilities of the member states, and to facilitate the information exchange
between them, and between international counterparts. The Network also aims at
providing a common ground to develop new policies and anti corruption programs.