TANZANIA AMONG AFRICAN STATES WHICH HAS SHOWN COMMITMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

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The 2016 Anti- Corruption Summit was hosted by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron and was held on 12th May, 2016 in London-UK.

Invited participants were the G8 states to discuss Transparency and Trade and states which have shown commitment in fighting against corruption. Among African Heads of state invited was President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. John Pombe Magufuli who was represented by the Tanzania Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa. The summit brought together world leaders, World business leaders, International Media Houses and Civil Society under one roof.

The main objective of this Summit was to set up global action to expose, to punish and to drive out corruption in all walks of life. The Summit stirred up the global response in tackling corruption by jointly agreeing to deal with corruption across borders. Dealing with bureaucracy, corporate secrecy and government transparency, enforcement of international anti- corruption laws and strengthening of international institutions was also part of the agreement.

The Tanzania Prime Minister presented country Anti- Corruption Commitments and urged that Corruption is a serious crime that needs concerted efforts. The commitments were:-

  1. 1.Expose Corruption
  • Tanzania will ensure beneficial ownership information is publicly available for all companies active in extractive sector
  • Tanzania will review its public procurement procedures to increase transparency and reduce opportunities for corruption
  • Tanzania will continue implementing the Addis tax Initiative and will undergo a Global Forum review in 2017, with a view to achieving automatic exchange of tax information.
  • We commit to ensuring that law enforcement agencies have full and effective access to beneficial ownership information for companies and other legal entities registered within their jurisdiction
  • We commit to implement bilateral arrangements that will ensure law enforcement in one partner country has full and effective access to the beneficial ownership information of companies incorporated in other partner country.
  • We welcome the establishment of transparent central registers of foreign companies bidding on public contracts and buying property, and intend to explore options for taking similar action.
  1. 2.Punish the Corrupt and Support those who have suffered from corruption
  • Tanzania welcomes the development of internationally-endorsed guidelines for the transparent and accountable management of turned stolen assets ( the guidelines should be in line with Article iii, iv and v of the UNCAC, 2003)
  • Tanzania welcomes the proposed common principles governing the payment of compensation to the countries affected, to ensure that such payments are made safely, fairly and in a transparent manner. ( the principles should be in line with the United Nations Principles of Management of returned stolen assets and consideration of st. Petersburg resolution on facilitating international compensation in assets recovery and the return of proceeds of crime to countries of origin)
  1. 3.Drive out the culture of corruption
  • Tanzania will strengthen its institutions of accountability through institutional integrity partnership such as that with the UK’s National Crime Agency.
  • Tanzania will embrace innovation and cutting edge approaches through the Innovation Hub, and will explore the use of behavioral insights in the fight against corruption.
  • We commit to participate in the International Hub that will facilitate the uptake of new approaches and technologies to tackle corruption.
  • We will work together with other countries, civil societies and international organizations to support accelerated implementation of voluntary provisions of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

In this meeting where Tanzania was applauded, was also attended by Hon. Mohamed Chande Othman - The Chief Justice of Tanzania, Hon. Ambassador Dr. Augustine Mahiga- Minister for Foreign Affairs, East Africa, Regional and International Cooperation together with Mr. Valentino Mlowola, Director General of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB).

 

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