Bahrain unveils robust programmes and initiatives on International Anti-Corruption Day
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
The Interior Minister, HE General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, took centre stage yesterday to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day. In a resolute statement, the Minister underscored Bahrain’s unwavering commitment to combat corruption through active programs and initiatives aimed at fostering sustainable development.
Under the visionary leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahrain has achieved significant milestones in its fight against corruption, General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla said.
Constitutional amendments, legislative support, and the establishment and enhancement of supervisory bodies have all played a crucial role in shaping Bahrain as a beacon for anti-corruption efforts, stated the Minister.
The political will to promote integrity, transparency, and the fight against corruption underscores a commitment to citizens’ comprehensive development and a decent standard of living, HE added. The government’s commitment to accountability and responsibility is further exemplified by the directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the Interior Minister noted.
The emphasis on internal monitoring serves as a testament to the dedication to safeguarding public funds, the Minister said.
Further, General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla stated that the International Anti-Corruption Day celebration not only signifies Bahrain’s ongoing efforts but also highlights the collective dedication of national organizations in promoting integrity values and transparency principles.
The collaboration extends beyond anti-corruption authorities to include sectors, organizations, NGOs, and individuals, emphasizing the shared responsibility for progress, the Minister pointed out. The General Directorate of Anti-Corruption and Economic and Electronic Security has been at the forefront, organizing various events and activities as part of the National Anti-Corruption Campaign.
Workshops, lectures, and seminars have been instrumental in promoting an integrity culture and enhancing awareness of corruption risks. In a collaborative effort with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Bahrain conducted workshops and courses this year for all sectors involved in combating corruption.
These initiatives aim to build organizational capabilities and foster international cooperation in the fight against corruption, the Minister further stated.
Pursuit of justice
The General Directorate of Anti-Corruption and Economic and Electronic Security, in its tireless pursuit of justice, has handled 284 corruption cases from 2021 to 2023.
Notably, 15 cases with criminal suspicions were referred from the Cabinet based on reports by the National Audit Office, the Minister revealed. Bahrain’s commitment to anti-corruption extends beyond its borders, making it an active global partner.
The Minister then highlighted the Kingdom’s anti-corruption efforts in cooperation with other countries and noted that the nation is a signatory to both the Arab and United Nations Anti-Corruption Agreements, actively participating in regional and international efforts to combat corruption through cooperation with various organizations.
HE General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla concluded his statement by expressing gratitude for the collective national efforts and achievements, invoking divine protection for Bahrain under the steadfast leadership of HM the King.