Chad National Workshop on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption

 
This activity was funded by France
 

A national workshop organized by the United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice was held in N'Djamena, Chad, from 29 to 30 January 2019. The meeting brought together 25 representatives (including 6 women) of key national institutions to discuss how to efficiently implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), following Chad's accession to the Convention in June 2018, making the fight against corruption a priority and thus conforming with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 which calls to "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels", notably by contributing to sustainably reducing corruption and bribery in all their forms.

UNODC has provided support to Chad in the framework of its Sahel Programme since 2014, which works to enhance the efficiency of the criminal justice chain in the region. In 2017, during a regional meeting organized by UNODC, officials from Chad expressed their interest in acceding to the Convention and in fighting corruption in their country with the assistance of UNODC. Following this request, a scoping mission and national workshop were held in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and UNDP, in N'Djamena in, respectively, November 2017 and February 2018, to raise awareness on the Convention and discuss the country's accession to it.

As a direct result, Chad acceded to the Convention on 26 June 2018. Consequently, to date all countries in West and Central Africa have ratified or acceded to the Convention, allowing for more effective regional cooperation in the fight against corruption.

This year, Chad is set to undergo the first cycle of UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanisms, which focuses on Chapters III and IV of the Convention, respectively devoted to Criminalization and International Cooperation. Thus, UNODC organized a national workshop in N'Djamena on 29-30 January 2019 in order to provide guidance and technical assistance to Chad with regard to the Convention, including how to implement it, and on the Implementation Review Mechanism.

The national workshop gathered representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the National Assembly, the Inspection Générale d'Etat, the Agence Nationale d'Investigation Financière, as well as other Ministries. The workshop focused on better understanding the Convention, being more aware of the current status of the anti-corruption framework in Chad, as well as setting up priorities to successfully implement the Convention in Chad and to strengthen the anti-corruption legal and institutional framework.

Through a combination of group and plenary discussions, the workshop led to the drafting and adoption of a roadmap for the implementation of the Convention, as well as a distribution of institutional responsibilities for the review mechanism. By the end of the two work days, national stakeholders agreed on the prospective actions to be taken by each institution to be ready for the first cycle of the review mechanism, particularly for the preparation of the self-assessment checklist. The roadmap was endorsed by all the participants, including by the Procureur de la République, Mr. Youssouf Tom.

Participants during the national workshop in N'Djamena

During the national workshop, Mr. Tom, stated that corruption is a visible and growing issue in Chad, and that, in order to eradicate it, it is necessary to better inform the population while it is also necessary for the government and its representatives to be greatly involved in the fight against corruption. Mr. Tom mentioned, that talking about "corruption should not be a taboo," as it is through a better understanding of what corruption is that an efficient anti-corruption national strategy can be developed.

Through the workshop, the representatives of the national institutions of Chad gained key knowledge on the Convention and on the review mechanism and came to an agreement on upcoming steps to take to implement the Convention at the national level. UNODC stands ready to assist Chadian authorities in this endeavour.

For more information:

United Nations Convention against Corruption

UNODC supports Chad in joining the UN Convention against Corruption

Midterm report of UNODC Regional Programme (Nov 2018)

UNODC contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals