The meetings of the 7th session of the Conference of the States parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption launched on Monday 6/11/2017, and it will be held from 6 – 10 November 2017 in Austria with the participation of representatives from the states parties to the UNCAC and a number of international organizations specialized in the field of transparency, protecting integrity and fighting corruption.
Saudi Arabia's delegation headed by Vice President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission for the Protection of Integrity (Nazaha) H.E. Dr. Bandar bin Ahmed Abalkhail and with the membership of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education and the Public Prosecution.
H.E. delivered the Kingdom's speech expressing his thanks and appreciation to Austria for hosting this conference, he also thanked the UNODC for the efforts exerted with states parties in implementing the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
Abalkhail said that since the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it has always exerted efforts toward fighting corruption nationally and internationally. Citing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz that "the Kingdom does not grant immunity to anyone in corruption cases". With his order to form a supreme committee headed by HRH the Crown Prince to identify offences, crimes, individuals and entities related to public corruption, and to investigate and complete necessary procedures according to laws in order to strengthen arrangements taken to eradicate corruption whatever its source. Also in line with vision 2030 which adopted transparency, integrity and fighting corruption as one of its main foundations.
H.E. pointed out that the kingdom benefited from the results of the review of implementation of the UNCAC in the past two sessions which resulted in a number of current regulations, prepare new regulations projects including law of illicit enrichment, financial disclosure regulations, penal law for public money abuse, abuse of power law, witness and whistleblower protection law and anti-money laundering law.
H.E. added that in parallel with the efforts to fight corruption, there are other efforts exerted by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to protect integrity, including, the launch of three national initiatives in the field of preventive measures:
- establishment of Nazaha clubs in public and private universities, military and civil colleges
- launch of Tahqok program, which monitor corruption cases in high risk activities in government entities
- create an e-procurement system to automate and unify all government procedures and procurement
On this occasion, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia held a workshop, Tuesday 7/11/2017, entitled (experiences of states parties in making use of best practices suggested under framework of the CoSP and its subsidiary bodies). In this workshop the kingdom reviewed its experiences and mechanisms related to coordination between its relevant government entities in order to implement best practices in the field of preventing and fighting corruption.
It is worth mentioning that the kingdom is a state party in the UNCAC after it was ratified by the Council of Ministers No (62). This conference is one of the most important conferences in fighting corruption, promoting integrity and transparency. The convention has more than 175 countries and aims to promote international cooperation and assessing regulations related fighting corruption, promoting integrity and transparency and the approaches to develop them.