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H.E Harib Alamim, President of SAI, the Chairman of INTOSAI, hosts the delegation of the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crimes on 17th Oct 2018, at his office in Abu Dhabi. The delegation was headed by Dimitri Vlassis, Chief Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Secretary of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption. 

The United Nation’s visit comes in order to coordinate and consult on the arrangements preparations made by the UAE for hosting the eighth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention. Both sides discussed several cases concerning the mechanism for the implementation of the Convention and the UAE’s proposals on addressing the challenges and difficulties introduced in the first review session on the implementation of the requirements of the Convention and the technical obstacles that faces the states members to fulfill their obligations in accordance with the requirements of the Convention’s terms.

The meeting discussed some important topics related to anti-corruption in the financial businesses of the private sectors, anti-corruption in sport activities, the role of the education in anti-corruption, and raising awareness to educate the future generations on the corruption’s risks in all its types on peoples and societies.

In addition, the meeting stated that SAI is following up the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption ratified by the UAE under Federal Decree 8/2006, at the directions of H.H Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE.

The mentioned convention is considered as the first legally binding international instrument for ratify states and it addresses the corruption topic integrally and inclusively. The role of SAI does not only stand on following up the implementation of the Convention but it also has the full supervision on implementing it and provide suggestions on enacting and enhancing legislations in the UAE in which it correspond with the requirements and legislations of the convention.

SAI is considered as the central authority of anti-corruption in the UAE, and it has formed a national working group consisting of competent experts who represent the entities concerned of anti-corruption such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior and the local prosecutions. The working group participated in the first review session and reviewed different states in accordance with the convention’s requirements.

SAI aims through this conference to highlight the role of the UAE in anti-corruption and its efforts in participating with the international community to reduce the negative impacts of the corruption’s acts in all its types in both public and private sectors, specially that the UAE have a successful experiences in the field of anti-corruption and money-laundering offences at the regional and international level.