The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participates in the meetings of the 8th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to be held during the period from 16-20 December 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, with a delegation headed by Mr. Mazen bin Ibrahim Al-Kahmous the President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), with the membership of (State Security, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Public Prosecution, Board of Grievances, and Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency), and number of high level officials in the commission.
The conference will discuss a number of topics, the mostimportant of which are: technical assistance, international cooperation, assetrecovery, a review of the implementation of the United Nations Conventionagainst Corruption, the role of law and its application in fighting corruption,and a review of the most important opportunities and prominent challenges inthis field.
In addition to the representatives of the States parties tothe United Nations Convention against Corruption, a number of specializedinternational organizations and civil society institutions in the field oftransparency, integrity protection and fighting corruption will participate inthe side events accompanying the conference.
On the margin of the conference's activities, the Kingdomalso holds an exhibition on the Kingdom's most prominent achievements at thelocal and international levels in fighting corruption and protecting integrity,in addition to two workshops in cooperation with the UAE's State AuditInstitution entitled (Best Practices in Follow-up to the Review of theImplementation of the States Parties), and with the participation of the Head ofthe Anti-Corruption agency in the United Kingdom, and government experts fromthe UAE. The other workshop was entitled: (Innovative and ScientificMethodologies to raise public awareness of integrity) with the participation ofthe Deputy Chief Administrative Prosecutor of Egypt and the German Ministry ofInterior, and an expert from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC). Topics of best practices will be discussed to make best use of theConference of the States Parties, and intergovernmental meetings to improveprograms of anti-corruption.
The conference, which is considered the most importantinternational forum on fighting corruption, aims to improve the ability of thestates parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption to implementthe obligations contained therein and assist them to do so, and to assistcountries in evaluating anti-corruption legislation, promote transparency andintegrity.
It is worth noting that the Kingdom is a state party to theUnited Nations Convention Against Corruption after its ratification inaccordance with Cabinet Resolution No. (62) dated 02/03/1434 AH, and thisconference is considered as the most prominent among the conferences relatedwith fighting corruption and promoting integrity and transparency. The numberof states parties in the agreement has more than 180 countries, and it aims toenhance international cooperation, evaluate anti-corruption legislations andpromote integrity and transparency.