The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), participated in the virtual symposium entitled "Promoting Integrity and Preventing Corruption Risks in light of the Coronavirus pandemic" organized by the National Authority for Integrity, Prevention and Fight Against Bribery in the Kingdom of Morocco, with the participation of a number of anti-corruption bodies in the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States.
During the first session of the symposium, Assistant to the President of the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority for International Collaboration, Dr. Nasser bin Ahmed AbalKhail, displayed the Kingdom's pioneering experience in combating corruption.
AbalKhail said: based on the kingdom's realization of the dangers of corruption, it has set its vision 2030, making "integrity", "transparency" and "accountability" among its main foundations, and that combating this "cancer", as HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz may Allah protect him called it, is one of the leadership's most important priorities citing His Royals Highness's speech that "corruption is the first enemy of development and prosperity".
Assistant to the President of the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority for International Collaboration confirmed that the novel Corona virus pandemic has made 2020 an exceptionally challenging year by all standards for all countries of the world, adding that the Kingdom has succeeded, in its presidency of the G20, at adopting a package of unique initiatives to combat corruption, hoping that the Riyadh Initiative will contribute in connecting anti-corruption bodies around the world, in enhancing the ability of states to prosecute the corrupt, and return of stolen assets to their countries of origin.
It is worth noting that the Kingdom's participation in this event comes as an effort by the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority to activate its regional and international partnerships, and exchange experiences in the field of protecting integrity and fighting corruption.