International Anti-Corruption Day Conference launches in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 9th December 2015 (WAM) — Under the patronage of H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’far, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior, inaugurated the International Anti-Corruption Day Conference, which is organised by the Anti-Corruption Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, at the St. Regis Hotel on the Corniche in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In his welcome speech at the opening ceremony, the undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior conveyed the greetings of H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan to all participants at the conference as well as his wishes of success, and welcomed the prominent experts, academics, specialists and consultants attending the event. He stressed the importance of the conference in exchanging the best experiences and getting acquainted with the best practices in the fight against this important issue, in order to unify efforts and mutual cooperation to raise awareness about the dangers of corruption, which is a major challenge to all countries around the world.

Lt. General Al Sha’far said, “Organising this conference in the UAE, in its inaugural edition, reflects the country’s keenness to share this occasion with the international community, in order to fight the corruption offense across the world, and provide efficient solutions and deterrents, to prevent corruption from spreading. This can be achieved via cooperation and concerted efforts to eradicate this objectionable phenomenon.”

Lt. General Al Sha’far underlined the significant efforts exerted by the UAE at all levels, with the aim of preserving the security and stability and establishing peace of mind to its citizens and residents. “This falls in line with the higher leadership’s instructions, and its vision and mission to serve security and world peace, not only in the UAE and the region but in the whole world,” he added.

Adding further, Lt. General Al Sha’far said, “The police leadership constantly seeks to enhance actions against corruption, and to establish efficient constructive and preventive work mechanisms and deterrent strategic plans to prevent its occurrence. It also seeks to reinforce the anti-corruption culture as well as qualifying and training human resources according to the best international experiences in this field, in order to upgrade police work to the highest levels of excellence.”

Al Sha’far also expressed his hope that the conference will come up with the proper results and recommendations that serve the interests of all parties, and achieve the coveted goals, in terms of boosting collaboration in the fight against corruption. He also thanked the organisers and participants, and wished everyone the best of luck and success.

For his part, Lt. Colonel Matar Madad Al Muhairi, Head of the Anti-Corruption Department at Abu Dhabi Police, told the conference, “Organising this event embodies the vision of the wise leadership in the UAE to achieve the goal of making the UAE one of the best countries in the world, promoting development and the values of integrity and sustainability. This stems from the vision of H.H Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Interior, which aims to ensure that Abu Dhabi remains a community that enjoys safety and security, and to provide high-quality police services for the citizens, residents and visitors of the emirate, by reinforcing collaboration and signing international conventions.”

The conference’s opening ceremony was attended by a number of UAE officials from local and federal institutions, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the UAE, and a significant number of officers from the Ministry of Interior.

The conference included two sessions, during which the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the GCC Countries provided an overview of the efforts exerted by the United Nations in the fight against corruption, and the reason that prompted the international community to formulate and adopt the United Nations’ Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

The presentation also highlighted the convention’s chronological sequence of events since 2003; its mechanism of implementation, content and goals; and the difference between this convention and other international conventions. The presentation also stressed the need to raise awareness of all communities, due to the undermining impacts of corruption on political, economic and social development.