– Kuwaitis in the middle of the century will become 5 million, which necessitates the provision of development and job opportunities
Abrar Al-Hammad: We will conduct a study on the most corrupt government places to purify them
The role of “Integrity” is not limited to fighting corruption, but rather protecting society from falling into it
It is necessary to evaluate university and “practical” curricula to ensure that they serve the goal of fighting corruption
Representative Dr. Hassan Jawhar said that Kuwait was one of the first initiators in support of the anti-corruption process, praising the popular efforts and civil society organizations to support government efforts. The regulatory bodies, which needs to diagnose the kinks of malfunctions and address them.
In his speech at the opening of a specialized conference on corruption, hosted by Sabah Al-Ahmad Theater in the National Assembly yesterday, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, with the participation of the Kuwait Transparency Association and a number of anti-corruption stakeholders, Jawhar saw that the issue of corruption is not confined to the government only, and that the country is vulnerable to destruction, losses and waste. Efforts and energies, and that there are civilizations that collapsed due to corruption.
He reviewed his personal experience with regard to the legislative aspect, and said that he and a number of deputies put fighting corruption among the priorities and benefits of the next stage, along with other deputies in the first session.
He pointed out that he had submitted 76 law proposals in all sectors of the country, and 32 of these proposals were related to transparency and integrity, considering that corruption is a top priority.
And he indicated that among those suggestions are the existence of higher committees to set controls to truly represent the will of the people, in addition to four laws on freedoms that reveal sources of corruption, and that these freedoms should not be faced with imprisonment, with the need for there to be more transparency and openness of judicial sessions in the trial of officials and to transfer Through the media and published in the Official Gazette, whether convictions or acquittals until deterrence is achieved, stressing that “these laws give more transparency that has a role in fighting corruption. Masks.”
He considered that the issue of corruption is complex and intertwined and has regional and global dimensions, stressing that Kuwait is not the only country that suffers from corruption, but there are successes and great progress in the forms and forms of fighting corruption, and therefore corruption perceptions came to address this matter.
He stressed that «if there is the will and responsibility, there will be success in the fight against corruption. There are annual classifications of countries in the world in the fight against corruption, and that the classification of Kuwait in this area is not good despite the existence of legislation and regulatory bodies.
He demanded that there be national indicators in which all parties in Kuwait and civil society participate to combat corruption. He pointed out that in the middle of this century, the population of Kuwait will double to nearly 5 million people, calling for the need for transparency and successful management of the state’s wealth and the achievement of development and job opportunities.
Jawhar indicated that the reforms in the current situation are what make us live in safety in the next stage within a clear road map, especially since challenges exist and work must be done to confront them.
In turn, the Assistant Secretary-General for the Prevention Sector at the Public Authority for Anti-Corruption “Nazaha”, Abrar Al-Hammad, stressed that the fight against corruption depends on two pillars, the preventive and penal aspect.
She considered that the role of the Anti-Corruption Authority is not only to protect public money, but to protect society and people from falling into the trap of corruption, through prevention, raising awareness and preventing the formation of a permissive culture or a simple environment that fosters corruption.
She pointed out that “there are Kuwaiti strategic projects that must be implemented through the integrity of education, the education of integrity, and the preparation of a document to integrate values into school curricula and activities to raise awareness, rebuild values, respect the law, human rights, public interest and individual control.”
Al-Hammad added, in a speech at the conference, that “among those projects should also be implemented through evaluating the curricula of Kuwait University, private universities, and the Applied Education Authority, to ensure that they serve the goal of fighting corruption,” noting that “there is cooperation between the authority, international organizations and the Justice Initiative.” For education, on the ethical and behavioral concepts of anti-corruption and the implementation of internal mechanisms to combat the forgery of university degrees.
It considered that submitting a financial disclosure statement is the first item to combat corruption, and that the percentage of commitment in submitting financial statements reached 99 percent, and that the percentage of what was examined reached 57 percent, in order to improve the quality of integrity in public jobs and to establish components for development and measurement.
She considered that the application of “easy” will reduce corruption, as it reduces human interference, pointing out that the authority will participate with the Research Institute in conducting a study on the most governmental places where corruption is spread in order to cleanse them of administrative corruption.
She affirmed the authority’s support for all efforts that promote the detection of corruption, and that “Nazaha” has supported many initiatives of civil society institutions in the field of transparency and anti-corruption.
She indicated that the authority supported a government initiative in its internal application and launched a campaign at the end of the year to educate everyone about corruption in all sectors and its role in influencing work, and this campaign is just the beginning and it will continue.
Nazaha is also concerned with international indicators that reveal indicators of corruption and weaknesses, and is developing practical steps to achieve reform and improve Kuwait’s position in these indicators in cooperation with the Transparency Society.
At the conclusion of the celebration, the organizers of the scientific material were honored to train the government agencies concerned with the Right to Insight Law and the trainers’ preparation team.
Al-Sanea: Previous governments lacked a decision to combat corruption
The head of the Organization of Arab Parliamentarians Against Corruption and a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption, former MP Dr. Nasser Al-Sanea, reviewed the circumstances of the establishment of the International Transparency Association, including the supervision of loans granted by the World Bank to implement development projects in different countries.
In his speech at the conference, Al-Sanea considered that “successive governments lacked the decision to combat corruption, and what is required is an honest, real and transparent decision to combat corruption, and that there should be seriousness in this regard that does not exclude anyone from recovering the nation’s wealth,” revealing that “the organization (Arab Parliamentarians against Corruption) will provide a list of guiding principles for parliamentarians to help implement anti-corruption provisions in their countries.
Including addressing the issue of public jobs and selecting leaders from among the national competencies, according to fair rules.
Majed Al-Mutairi: The need to monitor financial aid from civil society
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Transparency Society, Majed Al-Mutairi, spoke about the role of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, in building bridges of friendship between Kuwait and the countries of the world, stressing the importance of monitoring the work of the Fund and scrutinizing the loans granted to ensure that they are used in their correct projects.
He pointed out that “there are many international organizations that require a set of considerations to combat corruption, which calls for the governance of government agencies and the implementation of the proposals submitted by the National Assembly.”
Al-Mutairi stressed the need for there to be consensus in promoting the highest values of fighting corruption, implementing the partnership project with civil society, monitoring financial aid by civil society, and achieving safe investments so that there is reassurance on public money.
He indicated that the positive national image will serve the diplomatic and political reality of Kuwait.
Huda Al-Enezi: There are 34 high-risk activities in Kuwait with corruption
Hoda Al-Enezi, director of a specialized Kuwaiti company, emphasized that reform and recovery are difficult to achieve, unless there is a national strategy to combat corruption.
She pointed out that “the extent of the performance and effectiveness of the bodies responsible for combating corruption, including the Anti-Corruption Authority, the Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance and others, will show the extent of their adequate and effective application of laws.”
And she indicated that there are international recommendations that define high-risk activities, and that in Kuwait there are 34 high-risk activities, and there is no law regulating its work, and that the countries of the world have 52 activities monitored to control money laundering, and in Kuwait there are only 18 activities monitored by law, including real estate activity.
She stressed that the recovery from corruption must be within a system with a single approach that has complete seriousness and a single standard.