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The SAI concluded its participation in the agenda of the seventh session of UN Conference held in Vienna.

The agenda of the conference included main sessions to discuss the progress made by the state parties and the conference secretariat in the implementation of the convention.

The heads of the responsible authorities on anti-corruption in the state parties and the regional economic integration organizations signatories of the convention as members in the conference participated in the sessions.

The conference included panel discussions and explanation of situations made by the delegations of some countries on the challenges from the implementation process.

The reports-presented by the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crimes in the conference-showed a comprehensive analysis on the results of the implementation of the convention and the quality of the technical assistance, including capacity building that can be provided to countries on its demand in order to meet the requirement of the convention.

These reports showed that there is an urgent need for cooperation between the countries on sharing knowledge and providing technical assistance in which it enhance the convention’s objectives and the application of its methodology , to focus on similarities and differences between systems, and highlighting the successful experiences and good practices.

H.E Dr. Harib Alamimi, the President of the SAI, said that the UAE government has made great strides in aligning the legislative and institutional system control tools in which it complies with the convention’s purposes.

He also added that the goal of fighting corruption has been and continues to be one of the fundamental principles to lead the UAE policy in its quest to achieve the national sustainable development objectives in all sectors.

He pointed out that the results shown by the first review cycle in term of efficiency of policies and laws of criminalization of corruption applicable in the UAE which is largely conformed to the convention goals reflect the early realization of UAE government on the importance of providing the legal tools necessary to protect the business environment in the private and public sector from corruption in which ensure high level of growth, stability and prosperity.

He assured that the UAE government places the principles of enhancing the integrity, transparency, accountability and the rule of law at the top of its priorities as key pillars to achieve the development goals and meet the UAE’s strategic goals.

He also noted that the national expert team in the UAE participated effectively in reviewing the implementation of the convention in three countries during the first review cycle and the UAE will be included in the second review cycle during 2019.

H.E stressed that the SAI participates as the competent central authority in fighting the corruption that assigned in managing the file of anti-corruption convention at the national and the international level.

He added that the Conference of States Party in the UN Convention against Corruption is an important event reflects the concern of the people and communities and they agree that the corruption is dangerous which undermines the rule of law, obstruct the government ability in providing the fundamental services for their people, accordingly obstruct the development projects, violates the human rights and raise the crime and terrorism which leads to deterioration of the level of human life, and brings instability, insecurity and injustice.

He noted that the convention is as an international framework that provides a comprehensive set of standards, measures, rules and principles that any country can comply with, and cooperate in implementing it in order to fight corruption in all of its forms and reduce its damages in both public and private sectors.

He emphasized that countries should take the necessary measures to enhance integrity, transparency, accountability and rule of the law in the general management through enhancing the effectiveness of providing general services, set measures and systems to facilitate the reporting of practices that harms the public funds which can be considered as crimes under the convention, and to enhance integrity on the scope of criminal justice systems and improve measures on preventing corruption in the processes of government contracting and management of public funds.