Participants at the ended Regional Consultation on anti-corruption held in Dakar, Senegal have called on the African Union (AU) to end its dependency on international donors for support of its programs and national bodies in the fight against corruption.
The participants noted that this dependency is unwarranted because Africa has abundant resources to support its development efforts with corruption being one of such efforts. They pointed out that this tendency only exposes the lack of seriousness on the part of Africa to fight the scourge of corruption.
The President of Transparency International who also attended the Regional Consultation revealed that US$21 billion is lost annually from corruption, mostly from Africa.
The Regional Consultation on anti-corruption which was held from September 17-19, 2012 was aimed at enhancing cooperation and coordination between regional bodies in facilitating the implementation of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption and the provision of the African Charter on the values and principle of public service and administration of corruption.
The Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison who represented the LACC at the Regional Consultation also expressed the view that one of the challenges to the implementation of the provisions of the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPP) is the lack of sanctions for noncompliance in the Convention.
The Regional Consultation brought together representatives of the African Union organizations and institutions with a mandate in the fields of good governance and anti-corruption. It was jointly organized by the African Union Commission, UNDP and the Africa Governance Institute for the West and Central Africa Regions.