UNODC and Egypt sign Memorandum of Understanding to combat corruption

UNODC and Egypt sign Memorandum of Understanding to combat corruption. Photo: UNODC7 November 2017 - On the margins of the seventh Conference of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), UNODC and the Administrative Control Authority of Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday, reiterating their commitment to join forces in the fight against this crime.

Following the signing ceremony, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: "This Memorandum not only serves as a framework to further deepen our cooperation with the Administrative Control Authority to fight the scourge of corruption, but it also represents a major step in enhancing the important partnership between Egypt and UNODC."

Egypt adopted the National Anti-Corruption Strategy in December 2014. More than eighty government authorities, ministries and governorates are actively involved in implementing this four-year strategy. In fact, the efforts of the Administrative Control Authority and other law enforcement agencies have led to uncovering major corruption cases. UNODC has supported such efforts by providing expertise on advanced investigative techniques and electronic case management systems.

Signing the MoU on behalf of Egypt, Head of the Administrative Monitoring Authority, Minister Mohamed Erfan, said: "The Memorandum will be a good framework to continue cooperation and build on the efforts made. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with UNODC."

Cooperation between UNODC and Egypt dates back to 2011. The Office supported the country in developing its national strategy and provided expertise in revising legislative provisions, including on access to information and witness protection, as well as the development of codes of conduct.

UNODC-developed goCASE and goAML case management and analysis systems have been deployed in Egypt, supplemented with advanced training sessions on financial investigations, financial cybercrime and the protection of public funds. Two media campaigns to increase awareness have been broadcasted through a number of Egyptian public and private channels, reaching millions of Egyptians. Most recently, the cooperation has focused on supporting Egypt in implementing recommendations received from the UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism.

Further information:

Seventh session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption

UNODC in Middle East and North Africa

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