Oman Participates in conference of states parties to Arab anti-corruption convention in Cairo

Oman participates in Arab anti-corruption conference with other Arab countries

Cairo: The Sultanate of Oman, represented by State Audit Institution (SAI), participated in the 5th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Arab Convention against Corruption, held at the headquarters of the Secretariat General of the Arab League in Cairo.

The Conference is held with a wide international participation from Anti-Corruption Authorities in the States signatories to the Convention, Representatives of Supreme Audit Institutions and international organizations as well as civil society institutions, universities and professional institutions.

The delegation of the Sultanate of Oman to the session was headed by Sheikh Ghuson Hilal Al Alawi, Chairman of SAI.

Al Alawai delivered Oman’s speech at the Session, through which he highlighted the firm position of the Sultanate of Oman in standing by the Palestinian people, and to act with all political and legal means to establish justice and peace and halt the bloodshed of innocent Palestinian people. In addition, he stressed the need for achieving a just and lasting solution in order to restore security, stability and comprehensive peace to the entire region.

The SAI Chairman pointed out the Sultanate of Oman’s keenness to exchange experiences with Arab States to enhance joint Arab cooperation in the field of promoting integrity and combating corruption. This, he added, has a significant impact on achieving comprehensive development at the local and regional levels. Oman is also keen to implement the obligations and initiatives resulting from the Arab Anti-Corruption Convention.

Al Alawai noted that the Sultanate of Oman, since its accession to the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2013, has been keen to achieve the objectives of the Convention and to promote and strengthen the measures aimed at combating and preventing corruption, as well as promoting integrity and sound administrative accountability for public affairs and properties. Oman is also working on the implementation of the National Integrity Promotion Plan 2022 – 2030; Which was prepared by surveying and studying regional and international experiences in the field of national strategies, and guided by publications of competent international organizations.

He concluded Oman’s speech by stressing that Oman will continue to support all efforts aimed at combating various forms of corruption and limiting its spread in order to achieve justice, equality and decent living for all Arab peoples.

The agenda of the Fifth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Arab Convention against Corruption included many key themes, the most important of which is reviewing the Secretariat General’s report on the measures taken to implement the decisions issued by the Fourth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Arab Convention against Corruption and developing views on them. In addition, the session included reviewing the recommendations issued by the First Session of the team to review the optimal implementation of the Arab Convention against Corruption, held at the headquarters of the Secretariat General of the Arab League in September 2022.

During the session, the States Parties also discussed the recommendations issued by the Second Session of the team to review the optimal implementation of the Arab Convention against Corruption, as well as the recommendations issued by the fifth meeting of the open-ended committee of government experts and representatives of independent bodies in the States parties to the Arab Convention against Corruption, which were held in September 2023.

On the sidelines of the Conference, Sheikh Ghuson Hilal Al Alawi, Chairman of State Audit Institution, met with a number of heads of peer SAIs in the GCC States and some Arab and friendly States. During the meetings, they reviewed topics related to audit aspects, areas of promoting integrity and combating corruption, existing cooperation and ways to develop it to serve common interests and the sharing of experiences.

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