International cooperation will improve corruption fight and good governance: Noa

20 Sep 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – International cooperation efforts can help fight corruption and improve good governance if international authorities cooperate with each during criminal investigations, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director, Paulus Noa has said.
Noa made these remarks on Thursday at the ACC head office during the visit by their Chinese counterparts of the Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party from Jiangxi Province in China. The two anti-graft institutions exchanged ideas on dealing with criminal cases.
Noa said availing documents and relevant information for criminal prosecution as well as availing their nationals to appear and testify in foreign criminal courts, will help fight corruption and organised crimes.
“With such close international cooperation, corrupt persons will not get away with crimes and this is what international legal instruments against transnational organised crime including corruption are meant for,” said Noah.
He added that the fight against corruption will be driven by international mutual legal assistance, but the challenges in tracing stolen assets as well as challenges in securing witnesses to testify in courts may be attributed to lack of true international cooperation in responding positively to mutual legal assistance requests.
“The world has become a small village, making it easy for criminal fugitives to flee to other jurisdictions in search of safe havens. Corruption is neither a problem of one country nor one region,” expressed Noa.
Speaking through an interpreter Commission for Discipline Inspection Secretary, Sun Xinyang said he heard about the mandate of ACC and is impressed as it is the same as theirs, because they are both established to help their governments fight crimes of corruption and illegal arms dealings, thus he is looking forward to future cooperation with the ACC.