The African Union (AU) Advisory Board on Corruption and the global anti-corruption organization, Transparency International (TI), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to renew their partnership agreement to cooperate in the fight against corruption.
The signing ceremony which took place at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen, Denmark was hosted by Huguette Labelle, Chairperson of the IACC. Chairperson of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, Hon. Begoto Miarom and Managing Director of Transparency International, Patricia Moreira, signed the MOU on behalf of their respective parties.
Charity Hanene Nchimunya, Executive Secretary of the AU Advisory Board on Corruption and Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chairperson of Transparency International witnessed the ceremony.
The partnership is aimed at promoting mutually beneficial cooperation between the AU Advisory Board on Corruption and Transparency International in the areas of advocacy, research, capacity development, awareness raising and outreach.
Mrs. Nchimunya, at the ceremony said: “This agreement builds on the amazing work we have done with Transparency International in mapping the implementation of commitments to anti-corruption norms on the Continent. The conclusion of this agreement also comes at an opportune moment following the dedication of 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year”.
On her part, Ms. Moreira said: “We welcome the opportunity to strengthen our commitment with the African Union to fight corruption in the region, particularly in the current global climate, improving space for civil society to speak out and have a seat at the political table is critically important. Together, with the African Union and our chapters, we can renew our efforts to promote transparency, improve good governance and strengthen anti-corruption systems throughout Africa.”
The African Union Advisory Board on Corruption is an organ of the African Union established as a follow-up mechanism to the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combatting Corruption. It assesses the application of anti-corruption measures by African states and promotes measures to detect, punish and eradicate corruption in Africa.
Transparency International on the other hand is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.