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Speaker of Shura Council: Parliamentarians Have Important Role in Combating Corruption

09 December 2019



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HE Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud stressed the importance of the seventh conference of Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), whose activities were launched Monday in Doha, pointing to the role of parliamentarians in enacting legislation to reduce the scourge of corruption in various countries.

In remarks to reporters, HE Speaker of the Shura Council said that corruption is a scourge that affects development, the future of nations, and the lives of people, pointing out that integrity is an essential element in the life of a person. He stressed the necessity to create mechanisms to prevent corruption, bribery, favoritism, and others.

HE Speaker of Shura Council pointed out that the commencement of the work of this important conference in Doha today coincides with the International Anti-Corruption Day under the theme "United Against Corruption", and the announcement of the winners of the Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award in Kigali, Rwanda.

He noted that this edition of the award organized today in Kigali, Rwanda, is the fourth since its inception in Vienna, Austria in 2016, the second edition was held in Geneva, Switzerland in 2017, and the third was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018, adding that HH the Amir is leading all of us to fight corruption and achieve good for Qatar and the world as a whole.

On December 9, the world celebrates each year the International Anti-Corruption Day, which was chosen to coincide with the announcement of the winners of the Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award in Kigali, which gives a great dimension to the efforts to fight corruption, he added.

In his remarks, HE the Speaker of the Shura Council affirmed the commitment of the State of Qatar to fight corruption and the enthusiasm of parliamentarians for this goal.

On the recommendations that are expected to come out of the conference, HE Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud made it clear that several groups in the conference will hold several sessions during which speakers will present ideas related to good governance, integrity, and combating corruption, as well as the system of good management. He added that members of the Shura Council will contribute to these ideas, which will be developed to produce conclusions and recommendations.