UN economic commission to debate corruption in Africa

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Addis Ababa - The Governance and Public Administration Division (GPAD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will hold a meeting to assess how well the national anti-corruption institutions in Africa are working.

The meeting, which is expected to take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 16 to 17 February, will discuss the impact of the GPAD's latest study - Assessing the Efficiency and Impact of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in Africa.

"The study presents a detailed examination of the work of national anti-corruption institutions across the continent and looks how well they do and don't work. The study will also be launched at the end of the meeting," said the ECA in a statement.

Africa loses billions of dollars through corrupt activities every year.

The study, prepared by the ECA, presents in-depth survey of the scale, dimension and nature of the problem of corruption in Africa.

It reviews international instruments and frameworks on anti-corruption, including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, as well as other major international, regional and sub-regional instruments at combating corruption." ECA said.