Draft National Anti-Corruption strategy: Multidimensional actions needed against the scourge of corruption.
Cabinet ministers, representatives of international organizations, civil society, academia, media and many others got together on December 9th- Anti Corruption Day, to present the draft first National anti-Corruption Strategy for 2014-2017.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania Edi Rama, present at the event, declared that the modernization of Albania state is a principal need through structural reforms that can beat corruption.
“WE need strong and joint actions in the fight against corruption. With our without the others, we will do everything we have to, with the majority granted by us, so that four years later we will speak differently about corruption”- said the Prime Minister.
Minister Bledi Cuci highlighted:” The strategy structure indicates three main pillars: preventive, punitive and educational approach. These approaches will be accompanied by intensive technology modernization of public institutions and services. The goal of this strategy is to get all partners involved so that they can give their opinions and contributions for the development of these pillars and their respective objectives”.
UN Resident Coordinator in Albania, present at the event, amongst others highlighted:
” The impact of corruption in a society is greater than just diversion of resources. Corruption destroys opportunities and creates rampant inequalities. It undermines good governance, distorts markets, forms malfunctioning state institutions, and exacerbates poverty.
The worst consequences of corruption are borne by poor and vulnerable groups. The malignant effects of corruption are felt by billions of people everywhere. As the poor are more reliant on public services, they are disproportionately harmed by what may be, in financial terms, small-time corruption. Reality suggests that poor women and youth are often the worst affected by corruption by way of diverting funds from health care, education and other essential services”.
The EU Ambassador of Albania considered this movement of the government as a realistic stratgegy.He noted that the fight against corruption is an investment in the European Future of Albania.
The Deputy Head of the OSCE mission in Albania spoke for the importance of strategy implementations. He noted that the Government cannot fight corruption alone, but civil society, the media, and private sector should support it and contribute in creating the anti-corruption strategy and in implementing the laws and reporting corruption practices.
The first National anti-Corruption Strategy for 2014-2017 was presented during the event.
The event was organized by the National Coordinator against Corruption in partnership with UNDP, UNODC, EU and OSCE.