The city of Kazan has hosted the meeting of the CIS Interstate Anti-Corruption Council.

“Successful counteraction to corruption is one of the key factors for ensuring economic growth, increasing investment attractiveness, developing competition and reducing the “shadow” economy of any state,” – Chairman of the Interstate Council, Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption Kairat Kozhamzharov noted.

According to the International Monetary Fund, the world's GDP annually loses about 2% due to corruption, which is equivalent to 2 trillion USD. The fight against corruption is included in the agenda of all states of the world, including CIS countries.

The response to threats facing the region was the creation in 2013 of the Interstate Anti-Corruption Council. It is a sectoral cooperation agency of the CIS, intended for organizing and coordinating the fight against corruption within the framework of the Commonwealth, as well as monitoring the implementation of relevant pledges of states and constructive cooperation with specialized international organizations. Its members are Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia and Armenia. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have observer status.

Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption Kairat Kozhamzharov thanked the countries for their hands-on involvement in the Council activities.

The core document was agreed upon during the chairmanship of the Republic of Kazakhstan in this organization – The Concept of CIS Member-states’ cooperation in Anti-Corruption. Its adoption by the Heads of State is scheduled for October of this year in Sochi.

The Concept contains effective tools and forms of cooperation, which will bring interaction within the Council to a qualitatively new level.

Development has been completed of draft agreements on cooperation of the CIS member-states in countering corruption, including with other bodies - coordinating councils of prosecutors general, heads of tax (financial) investigation agencies and financial intelligence units.

The chairmanship of the Council was transferred from the Republic of Kazakhstan to Russia, represented by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Yuri Chaika. The Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption Kairat Kozhamzharov and Prosecutor General of the Republic of Armenia Artur Davtyan were elected as Co-Chairs, and a new Council secretariat was appointed.

KAZINFORM

Published: 29 September 2017

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