8 December 2012

Tunisia: Declaration On National and International Anti-Corruption Day

Tunis — Government has undertaken to consecrate integrity and transparency, to improve the public sector's governance and set up all the necessary mechanisms to fight corruption and corrupt people and recover the stolen assets.

According to a Declaration made public on Saturday, on the celebration, Sunday, of the National and International Anti-Corruption Day, "the Prime Ministry relies on all stakeholders, notably civil society, the National Constituent Assembly, media and educational institutions, to establish and entrench a culture of anti-corruption fight, integrity and good governance."

"Anti-corruption fight represents one of the Tunisian people's main claims of the January 14 Revolution, as this phenomenon impedes political, economic and social development and threatens the Tunisian citizens' rights, good functioning of justice and society's stability," the Tunis Declaration specifies.

"The anti-corruption fight programmes devised in the past have relatively failed," the Prime Ministry regrets, justifying this by "the multiplication of structures in charge of anti-corruption fight, diversity of their specialties and lack of clear and precise visions and objectives in this field."

This failure, the same document reads, is due to "the lack of a clear political will to integrate anti-corruption fight in the development programmes."

In this regard, the Prime Ministry lays emphasis on the imperative to adopt a comprehensive and multifaceted approach and multiply prevention mechanisms to fight this phenomenon.

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