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Speaker of Shura Council and GOPAC Chair: GOPAC to Intensify Activities to Achieve Goals

09 February 2021

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HE the Speaker of the Shura Council and Chair of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud stressed that the organization will intensify activities in the coming period within its future plans and programs to achieve its goals. In this context, it will build partnerships with the UN Organization, develop its cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and will have effective participation in the United Nations session on combating corruption, which will be held in New York in June.

In his speech at the opening of the regional meeting of the Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEAPAC), one of the GOPAC's regional branches, which was held today via video conference technology, HE Al Mahmoud pointed out that GOPAC has an important role in preparing for this special session by highlighting during which the parliamentary aspect in efforts to combat corruption.

HE said that GOPAC and SEAPAC have the potential to lead action against corruption at the national and international levels, and it is our responsibility as parliamentarians to work to meet the aspirations of peoples who want to see their wealth and money be spent with integrity, honesty and justice in order to build nations.

HE the Speaker of the Shura Council concluded his speech by stressing the readiness of the GOPAC to provide all assistance to the SEAPAC and other regional branches so that they perform their role and accomplish their tasks effectively and efficiently.

The meeting of the SEAPAC discussed ways to activate the regional branches of the GOPAC and work to continue efforts to combat corruption despite COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting also discussed good preparation for the special session to be held by the General Assembly in June on combating corruption, as well as preparing for parliamentary meetings that will be held on the sidelines of the session.