10 Dec 2016 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) Good governance through improved systems, practices and policies to curb corruption is key to Namibias economic growth and development, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General, Paulus Noa has said.
He was speaking during the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day here on Friday.
The day was set following the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Convention against Corruption by the UN General Assembly in 2003.
Noa said corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions without which there can be no respect for rule of law, fundamental human rights, separation of powers and democratic processes.
Factors that contribute to corruption eradication and improvement in the rankings of the country in this respect include the introduction of anti-corruption measures in laws and policies and anti-corruption awareness campaigns by all sectors.
It also includes government programmes to eradicate poverty and inequality, a properly managed health sector and access to water and proper public resources management and a well-managed economy.
Noa said Namibia cannot become complacent because it is perceived as being one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Namibia went up 10 places from 2014 to 45th position in 2015 on the Corruption Perception Index.
In a speech read on her behalf, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Kiki Ghebo said by diverting domestic and foreign funds, corruption wrecks economic and social development and increases poverty.
Corruption strangles people, communities and nations. It weakens education and health, undermines electoral processes and reinforces injustices by perverting criminal justice systems and the rule of law, she stated.
Ghebo added that action is needed to include anti-corruption measures as part of implementing Goal 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Goal 16 seeks to reduce corruption and bribery, and promote access to justice and accountable and transparent institutions.
It also urges substantial reductions in corruption and bribery and the development of effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.
Poor governance is not only ruinous for democracy; it is an obstacle to equality and corrodes opportunities for the poorest who often shoulder a disproportionate share of the corruption burden, Ghebo said.