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TI co-organises African workshop on developing anti-corruption strategies

Transparency International joins with the African Development Bank and African Union to host a Francophone learning workshop on national anti-corruption strategies and action plans

Transparency International (TI), the leading international non-governmental organisation devoted exclusively to fighting corruption worldwide in conjunction with the African Development Bank and the African Union, will be hosting a Regional Learning Workshop on National Strategies for Combating Corruption, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, between 6-9 October 2003.

The gathering, which brings together delegations from 16 French-speaking African countries, is designed to draw from the regional and global expertise of the three partner institutions in various aspects of preventing and combating corruption. The participating countries are Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia.

The main objective of the workshop is to assist participants in developing a framework for a national anti-corruption strategy and action plans. The workshop is also expected to assist participants in implementing existing national strategies; and to better identify resource and capacity constraints in the fight against corruption. Participants will also discuss the strategy to employ in building national anti-corruption action plans around the recently adopted African Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.

Each country delegation will consist of a mix of people, including anti-corruption advocates, senior policymakers from the ministries of justice and finance, elected members of parliament, the private sector, the media and others. In addition to subject specialists from TI, the ADB and AU, experts from the World Bank Institute (WBI) and five African countries with national strategy and action plans will attend the workshop as resource persons. Bilateral partners with regional and global experience in this area will also share their experience and insights.

Participants are expected to reach consensus on a framework for developing national anti-corruption strategy and action plans, with a view to systematically address the challenge of corruption challenge, improve efficiency and effectiveness, enhance cross-border co-operation and reduce duplication among bilateral and multilateral partners in their support for combating corruption.

This workshop will also coincide with the launching of TI's annual Corruption Perceptions Index on 7 October 2003, with press conferences in Yaoundé and London. The CPI 2003 ranks 133 countries according to perceived levels of corruption among politicians and public officials.

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Sarah Tyler
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Chantal Uwimana
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