22 Jun 2015 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUN (NAMPA) The Director-General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Paulus Noa says corruption contributes to political instability and human rights violations as it exacerbates poverty.
Noa said this during the opening of the three-day National Anti-Corruption Conference in the capital on Monday. The conference is taking place under the theme 'Building an honest Namibia together: People, Integrity and Action'.
The objective of the conference is to share information and discuss pertinent issues to promote principles of good governance such as increased transparency, openness, accountability and increased participation by citizens in efforts to prevent and expose corrupt practices.
We must confront corruption head-on together because our apathy helps to promote it, Noa said.
He stressed that the responsibility lies with all Namibians to build and maintain a high quality Namibian house, free of corruption.
Noa noted that the private sector continues to play a pivotal role in the development of transparent laws, regulations and policies that facilitate interaction between public and private institutions.
Private entities are the suppliers of services to Government institutions, and with corrupt practices, it takes two to tango, he said.
Noa noted the obligation of authorities to create a conducive environment for the participation of the private sector and society is clearly entrenched in the protocols and conventions against corruption, which Namibia is a signatory to.
These include the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol Against Corruption, the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
In line with the country's National Development Plans (NDPs), Noa said the ACC found it appropriate to develop a national anti-corruption strategy and action plan that provide for an inclusive participatory governance system adverse to corruption.
This conference will, amongst others, discuss this draft system and action plan for further input and adoption in order to submit the same to Cabinet for consideration and endorsement, he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Musinga Bandora said integrating transparency, accountability and anti-corruption is a continuous process of elaborating policies; enacting appropriate laws; educating and building partnerships with the public; building the capacities of people and institutions and strengthening systems for effective implementing across the development spectrum.
Bandora was speaking on the topic Building transparency, accountability and anti-corruption into a post-2015 development framework.
He stressed transparency and accountability are the main elements in the fight against corruption and they are pivotal to the enjoyment of human rights.
Transparency speaks to an open government, where a national open data policy is in place and citizens have full access to information about development including on national revenue, budget allocation and expenditures, he said.
Over 50 local and international delegates are attending the conference that ends on Wednesday.