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EU and UNODC support Indonesia in fighting corruption

Jakarta (Indonesia), 12 December 2013
- An EU-funded project "Support to the fight against corruption in Indonesia" implemented in partnership with UNODC, Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) and Transparency International Indonesia (TII) concluded on 9 December 2013.

The project, with 2.4 million euro contribution from the EU, was launched in November 2009. It was successful in supporting effective implementation of the Government's Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plans; enhancing the capacity of the law enforcement agencies in handling corruption cases and coordination techniques as well as KPK's supervision function. In addition, it helped enhancing civil society participation in the fight against corruption and the establishment of a national Anti-Corruption Forum which brings together the government and civil society organisations aimed at enhancing cooperation in anti-corruption drive.

The official launch of a 12-minute documentary film, supported by the project together with the Norway Government, entitled "Korupsi dan Kemiskinan" (Corruption and Poverty) by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December marked the conclusion of the project. The film describes the Government's strategy for preventing and eradicating corruption. The event attended by government ministers and heads of agencies, Governors, and the diplomatic community.

"The project has made a significant impact to Indonesia's fight against corruption, especially in the implementation of Stranas PPK and the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Forum. The Government of Indonesia will continue on fighting until corruption no longer exists in Indonesia," stated Diani Sadiawati, Director for Analysis of Law and Regulations, Ministry of National Development Planning/ Bappenas.

Corruption eradication has become an important focus of the Government of Indonesia since the 1998 reformation movement ( reformasi). Clear steps have been taken, to better prevent and to eradicate corruption, by the executive, legislative, and judiciary. This work needs to continue.

At the international level, Indonesia has been among the first countries to sign the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and has ratified it through Law No. 7 Year 2006. In 2011, Indonesia became one of the first countries reviewed by other member countries in the UNCAC scheme.

"Indonesia has a tremendously good reputation internationally due to its size, its economic growth and the remarkable democratic transition that has been going on in Indonesia in the last 15 years. Transparency, accountability and the rule of law are important aspects to continue on this track and to promote inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth. It is also an efficient means of reducing poverty," stated H.E. Olof Skoog, EU Ambassador to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN.

The European Union and UNODC are key partners of Indonesia in promoting democracy and strengthening good governance and accountability as the foundation for sustainable development.

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