The Rule of law and Anti-Corruption Centre (Rolacc) has celebrated the graduation of the participants of two training courses on Thursday.
The first was on cyber crime for members of the prosecution, judiciary and police officers from Gambia, and the other on the regulatory framework for procurement, tenders and government auctions for employees of Qatar's Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI).
Qatar's Attorney General and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rolacc, HE Dr Ali bin Fetais al-Marri, honoured the participants of the courses at a ceremony held in the presence of HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari, and the Gambian ambassador Foday Malang.
The training course on cyber crime was attended by 12 members of the Gambian prosecution, judiciary and police, as part of the ongoing training plan implemented by the Centre for the African countries. During the course, legal and procedural aspects cyber crime were discussed.
The course also examined the different types of cyber crimes, how to control them and the methods of prevention while dealing with the agencies concerned.
The second course, on the regulatory framework for procurement, tenders and government auctions, was attended by 12 participants from the MoCI. It came as part of the Rolacc's efforts to raise awareness and ensure the proper application of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which deals with prevention, criminalisation, international co-operation and asset recovery, which are related to the issue of government procurement.
The course, organised in co-operation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), dealt with the laws governing tenders, auctions and government procurement, and laws criminalising damage to public funds, as well as a review of the international legal framework relating to the international convention against corruption, rules for the prevention of money-laundering and international rules and good practices to ensure integrity and transparency.
The training covered the stages of conducting tenders and auctions as well as the international rules to prevent corruption in the field of government procurement and related financial and accounting procedures.
Rolacc intends to organise similar courses to all relevant ministries in Qatar to ensure proper application of the laws of tenders and auctions, and adherence to the highest anti-corruption standards.
In a speech at the ceremony, the Gambian ambassador praised the strong relations between his country and Qatar and the constructive co-operation between the two sides in all fields.
The envoy lauded the Rolacc's initiative to host a number of prosecutors, judges and police officers from Gambia to participate in a course on cyber crime.
MoCI's Department of Finance and Administration director Nasser al-Mohannadi spoke about the importance of the legal framework for government procurement in introducing participants to all legal aspects and legislative frameworks on government auctions, procurement and tenders and training them on the United Nations Convention against Corruption, and the government procurement-related aspects of the Convention.