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The SAI participated in the agenda of the seventh session of the UNCAC which started today in Vienna and continue until 10th Nov 2017.

H.E Dr. Harib Alamimi, the President of the SAI, Chairman of the INTOSAI who heads the delegation of the UAE- emphasized that the SAI participates as the central competent authority in anti-corruption and in charge of running the anti-corruption agreement at national and international level.

He also said that the UNCAC is considered as a milestone that reflects the communities and people concerns and agreed that the phenomenon of corruption seems to undermines the rule of law and the government's ability to deliver basis social services for its people in which it obstruct the development projects, violates the human rights and raise the crime and terrorism, this leads to the deterioration in the level of human life, instability, insecurity and injustice.

“From this respect, this convention was an international framework that provides a comprehensive set of standards, measures, rules, principles that any country can comply with, and cooperate in implementing it in order to fight corruption in its all forms and harm reduction in both public and private sectors”. He added

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

The President of the SAI indicated that this conference is one of the most important international assembly for the competent authorities on fighting corruption in the world which represents all the countries and the regional economic integration organizations signatories to the convention as members of the conference, and the international governmental authorities and organizations and the non-governmental organizations non-signatories to the convention that participates as an observer.

This convention provides the chance to exchange knowledge, ascertain the successful practices related to the measures and means taken by the state parties to implement the chapters of the convention and the challenges and difficulties it faces. 

H.E Dr. Harib Alamimi, the President of the SAI said that the agenda of the conference will include a comprehensive review of the results of the implementation of the UNCAC during the first and second review sessions, the first review session will include reviewing the results of the implementation of  chapter 3 on Criminalization and law enforcement and chapter 4 on international cooperation, while the second session includes the implementation of chapter 2 on prevention/ preventive measures/ and chapter 5 on asset recovery. 

H.E clarified that the agenda includes general topics on the progress made by the States Parties to fulfill the requirements of the convention through the review process and the efforts and the national initiatives presented by the agencies responsible for combating corruption in each state.

The conference also discusses the ways of supporting the national cooperation on information exchange related to corruption crimes including prosecute crimes, recovery of the proceeds of the crimes, consider and address the variations in the legal system between states in cooperation in the field of return of assets and finding solution to them.

It should be mentioned that the United Arab Emirates had signed the convention on 10 August 2005 and ratified it on 22 February 2006 included in the review process at its first session in 2013, as the policies and the legislations applicable in the UAE has been evaluated and its conformity with the requirements of review related to the third and fourth chapter of the convention.

The review team noted the considerable efforts of different states to align the national legal legislation with the convention requirements as the executive summary of the review outcomes has shown the robust of the legislations system as well as the legal and the institutional framework adopted by the UAE in fighting corruption and limit its spread.

The executive summary has commended the successful experiences and good practices in the UAE on implementing the third chapter/ criminalization and law enforcement/ such as the law of fighting the money laundering and the clarity in the description of concealment in its criminalization provision as well as the criminalization of the bribery in the private sector.

The results of reviewing the fourth chapter/ international cooperation/ has shown the comprehensive and coherence of the federal law of the juridical cooperation criminal matters and flexibility of framework applicable on the requests of mutual legal assistance.

The technical experts who participate in the review process has considered that the UAE has adopted a comprehensive legal framework on the international cooperation includes approximately all forms of international cooperation proposed by the convention in the criminal matters.

On the challenges side, the review results has presented the importance of developing legislation on protection of reporting persons and consider the possibility of criminalizing illicit enrichment and work on strengthening the international cooperation by conducting joint investigation including transfer of criminal proceedings.

It should be noted that the UAE, and out of the concern of the political leaderships in participation of the international community of its efforts to counter corruption in all its forms and provide a decent standard of living everywhere, will host in Abu Dhabi the eighth Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention to be held by the end of 2019.