SOMALIA / ANTI-CORRUPTION

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Coinciding with the International Anti-Corruption Day, marked every 9 December, the Federal Government of Somalia announced a series of steps to strengthen its commitment to combat corruption and reinforce transparency in order to build more accountable institutions. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / ANTI-CORRUPTION
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS
DATELINE: 9 DECEMBER 2018, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

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1. Wide shot, participants
2. Various shots, George Conway, UNDP Country Director for Somalia, and Hassan Hussein Haji, the Federal Minister of Justice and Judiciary Affairs signing the Project Initiation Plan (PIP)
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Hussein Haji, the Somali Federal Minister of Justice and Judiciary Affairs:
“We are (heading) to establish the Anti Corruption Commission. They need a secretariat, they need training, they need help in all aspects. So, I think this Project Initiation Plan will lead us to develop this institution that will make it easier for us to sign and ratify the UN Convention Against Corruption.”
4. Wide shot, participants
5. SOUNDBITE (English) George Conway, UNDP Country Director for Somalia:
“Additionally, the programme will support public consultations, networking between the civil society, the private sector, and different levels of Government in order to facilitate the process of the Government to defining a very clear action plan and strategy to tackle corruption.”
6. Wide shot, VIPs at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter de Clercq, UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia:
“We encourage all branches of Government and Federal Member States to take measures to protect and expand integrity and accountability of the management of public finances and resources as well as to advance the legal and institutional frameworks against corruption through robust enforcement and punitive measures,”
8. Med shot, Hugh Riddell, The World Bank Country Representative for Somalia, speaking at the event
9. Wide shot, Riddell speaking at the podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Hugh Riddell, The World Bank Country Representative for Somalia:
“We will be helping to strengthen the financial reporting centre, the Central Bank, the National Communications Authority. All of these play a role in addressing money laundering and countering the financing of terrorist activities. And through the establishment of an integrated system for national payments and settlement, Somalia’s emerging banking sector can help facilitate the licit flow of finance and will increase efficiency and accountability of the economy,”
11. Wide shot, guests leaving the ceremony

STORYLINE:

Coinciding with the International Anti-Corruption Day, marked every 9 December, the Federal Government of Somalia announced a series of steps to strengthen its commitment to combat corruption and reinforce transparency in order to build more accountable institutions.

At a United Nations-backed event in the capital, Mogadishu, to mark the Day, and attended by senior government officials and international development partners, as well as representatives of youth and women’s groups, Somalia’s Federal Minister of Justice and Judiciary Affairs, Hassan Hussein Haji,
signed a so-called Project Initiation Plan (PIP) between his ministry and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which aims at strengthening government institutions to fight corruption and promote accountability.

“We are on our way to establish an Anti-Corruption Commission; they need a secretariat, they need training, they need help in all aspects. So, I think this Project Initiation Plan will lead us to develop this institution that will make it easier for us to sign and ratify the UN Convention Against Corruption,” Minister Hussein said.

He added that this project would particularly enhance accountability in some of the country’s key institutions, such as the Auditor General’s Office, among others, and that it would be followed by more at the end of the PIP.

George Conway, UNDP Country Director for Somalia added that the programme will also “support public consultations, networking between the civil society, the private sector, and different levels of Government in order to facilitate the process of the Government to defining a very clear action plan and strategy to tackle corruption.”

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations at the gathering today, the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, commended the Federal Government for its efforts to improve transparency, accountability and fight against corruption in public offices.

The UN official also urged it to make progress with the UN Convention against Corruption, the world’s only legally-binding universal anti-corruption instrument, and which has so far 186 signatory countries.

“We encourage all branches of Government and the Federal Member States to take measures to protect and expand the integrity and accountability of the management of public finances and resources, as well as to advance the legal and institutional frameworks against corruption, through robust enforcement and punitive measures,” de Clercq said.

Following the signing ceremony, the UNDP Country Director for Somalia, George Conway, explained that the newly-signed PIP allows the Federal Government to tackle corruption in a comprehensive way.

The Project Initiation Plan will be implemented over a six-month period, after which UNDP will roll out a full multi-year programme to support the government of Somalia in its anti-corruption efforts.

Around the globe, 9 December is observed as International Anti-Corruption Day with the aim of raising awareness of corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it.
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