Qatar is participating in the fifth meeting of the agencies responsible for promoting integrity and combating corruption in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is being held in the Oman capital, Muscat.
The Qatari delegation was led by HE the President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA) Hamad bin Nasser al-Misned.
The meeting discussed the achievements of the GCC integrity protection and anti-corruption agencies in the past period, which witnessed the preparation of guidelines and a number of GCC initiatives in the areas of integrity protection and anti-corruption. The meeting also discussed the future work plan.
At the outset of the meeting, the ACTA president praised the efforts of Oman in organising this meeting and enhancing the joint GCC action in various fields, especially the protection of integrity and combating corruption.
He also pointed to the level of co-operation between the bodies concerned with protecting integrity and combating corruption in the Gulf countries, which was reflected in the flow of ideas and initiatives presented by the concerned bodies.
He stressed the need to develop a plan of action that takes into account the prioritization of topics and schedules, distributes tasks among national actors, and sets specific implementation mechanisms, so as to maximize the time and resources available and enhance their chances of success and benefit.
He reviewed the achievements of the State of Qatar in the field of preventing and combating corruption, the most recent of which was the adoption of the National Strategy for Promoting Integrity and Transparency.
He also announced Qatar's bid to host the tenth session of the Conference of States Parties to be held in 2023, stressing that it is consistent with the legacy of the State of Qatar in upholding the role of the Convention against Corruption and strengthening its measures in order to continue to support the relevant international effort. He added that hosting the conference is in the interest of the Gulf countries in general not only the State of Qatar.
It is worth mentioning that the meeting approved a number of proposals of the ACTA, in particular the Gulf manuals for tenders and auctions, the civil service, asset recovery, and the curriculum for students of the Faculty of Law, which aim to assist the Gulf States in implementing their obligations under the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the Arab Convention, in addition to strengthening and bringing Gulf legal and institutional systems closer together.