UNODC and Egypt Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Combat Corruption

6 November 2017 - On the margins of the Conference of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), UNODC and the Administrative Control Authority of Egypt today signed a Memorandum of Understanding signifying their commitment to join forces in the fight against corruption.

Following the signature of the Memorandum, Mr. Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director said, "this Memorandum will not only serve 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 a National Anti-Corruption Strategy in December 2014. More than eighty government authorities, ministries and governorates are actively involved in implementing the four year strategy. Over the past years, the efforts of the Administrative Control Authority and other law enforcement agencies have led to uncovering major corruption cases involving senior public officials. UNODC has supported these efforts by providing expertise on advanced investigative techniques and electronic case management systems.

"We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with UNODC," His Excellency Minister Mohamed Erfan, Chairman of the Administrative Control Authority, said, "and the Memorandum will be a good framework to continue our cooperation and build on the efforts made."

Through its national project " Supporting Measures to Combat Corruption and Money Laundering, and to Foster Asset Recovery in Egypt", funded by the European Union, Canada, and Romania, UNODC supported Egypt in preparing the development of the national strategy and provided expertise in revising relevant legislative provisions, including on access to information and witness protection, as well as the development of codes of conduct. The UNODC-developed goCASE and goAML case management and analysis systems have been rolled out in Egypt, supplemented with advanced training sessions on financial investigations, financial cybercrime and the protection of public funds. Two awareness raising media campaigns were intensively broadcasted on Egyptian public and private channels, reaching millions of Egyptians. Most recently, the cooperation has focused on supporting Egypt in implementing recommendations derived from the UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism.

Following the completion of UNODC national project, by the end of the year, UNODC will continue serving Egypt through its regional project on " Action against Corruption in the MENA Region (2017-2021).

For more information, please contact mona.salem[AT]unodc.org.