Forum of the Anti-Corruption day 2016 "United Against Corruption" concluded today at Sofitel Hotel Alkhobar. At the beginning of the forum H.E. the President of Nazaha Dr. Khaled Al-Muhaisen welcomed the attendees and thanked the patron of this forum HRH Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Province, and he also thanke the participants for their valuable contribution.
He reiterated that the international community chose for this year's International Anti-Corruption Day a logo (United Against Corruption), which symbolizes that corruption is not limited to an individual or a particular country, and that the international cooperation in protecting integrity and fighting corruption will eventually limit corruption.
He added that this forum which brings together specialists and those interested in fighting corruption, comes as a contribution to the international effort, promoting the principles of the International Partnership for the agreements in this field, as stipulated in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) international, that States Parties should organize regional and international conferences to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences in the field of fighting corruption, and we hope that this forum will have an active role in achieving these goals.
After that Mr. Martin Kreutner said: It is a great honour to be here with you today at this highly prestigious gathering to mark International Anti-Corruption Day and to reflect with such a distinguished audience on our efforts and achievements in the global fight against corruption.
On behalf of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), I would like to express my sincere appreciation to His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of the Eastern Province and Patron of this Forum, to the National Anti-Corruption Commission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Nazaha) for this initiative, and also to the Eastern Province Municipality for organizing this high-level event.And that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was the first country from this region and from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to join IACA. I would like to inform and assure you that this highly significant step has paved the way for many of your neighbouring countries to consider dedicating more efforts to anti-corruption and to join IACA.
Then HRH Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern region presented a speech in which he stated that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and since its unity under the founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, has always derived its approach from the principles and teachings of our religion which is the source of legislation. The founder established a box of complaints since 1347 H and then his sons followed the same approach in fighting corruption and issuing laws and legislations, until the issuance of the royal decree in 2011 which stated establishing an Anti-Corruption Commission.
Before the start of the session H.E. the President of Nazaha signed a MOU with IACA, launched (Gyum) service which is an evaluating service for the entities under the commission's jurisdiction, which measure the transparency, integrity and satisfaction of the public to those entities, and launched a webpage for Nazaha Clubs.
At the end of the forum the chair of the session the discussion and participations from the attendees.