Launch of Regional Platform for Southern Africa to Fast-Track the UNCAC implementation 

 

14-18 October 2019, Livingstone, Zambia - UNODC, in a dedicated week's long conference, launched the Regional Platform for Southern Africa on Fast-Tracking the implementation of the UNCAC. This initiative was supported by the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund. The conference witnessed the participation of governmental technical experts, high-level participants, civil society organisations as well as the private sector. The participating countries from the region were: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The conference focused on 4 priority thematic areas that stem from the recommendations of the Implementation Review Mechanism:

  1. Inter-agency cooperation on investigation and prosecution of anti-corruption cases, with a focus on policy development.
  2. Whistleblowing protection vs. protection of reporting persons in criminal proceedings.
  3. Asset disclosure, including asset declaration, detection of illicit enrichment, beneficial ownership and how to undertake increased scrutiny of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs).
  4. Identifying and managing conflict of interest in the context of public procurement.

The outcome of the conference resulted in a draft set of actionable recommendations to be taken up as a starting point for focused-driven work during the next phases.

This platform is the fourth of its kind. Regional platforms have been created in: Southeast Asia, East Africa, South America & Mexico and most recently- Southern Africa.

The platforms build and foster partnerships among the countries by implementing targeted actions in each of the regions. While the methodology applied is the same for all platforms, none of them conduct the same activities. Thematic areas and activities conducted depend of the specificities of each region and each country. There is no one-size-fits-all approach.

Such an approach allows UNODC to better address and target common challenges and technical assistance needs in these specific regions.