The Memorandum was signed in Qatar on Sunday 15th May 2022 by the President of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, Hamad Bin Nasser Al-Misnad and the Chief Ombudsman of Rwanda, Nirere Madeleine, in the presence of a number of Officials from ACTA.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Ombudsman of Rwanda said that the signing of the memorandum of understanding is an important event in addition to other tangible efforts made by Qatar and the Rwandan Government to strengthen bilateral relations.
“We are all aware of the negative effects of corruption on the economies of countries, on the welfare of people, social justice and equity, and on security. Therefore, several mechanisms have been established in our countries, including legislative mechanisms, as well as the establishment of institutions to combat corruption,” she added.
Nirere stressed that Rwanda, in its vision 2050, places fighting corruption among its priorities, and seeks to be among the first countries worldwide in the fight against corruption. She explained that the memorandum signed by the two parties, comes at the appropriate time when Rwanda is implementing both the National Sustainable Development Strategy (2017-2024) and its vision 2050.
“Our aim behind this cooperation is to strengthen anti-corruption strategies by sharing best practices and exchanging experiences to combat it, Nirere said.
The President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority also said that the signing of the memorandum of understanding is a new building block for the strong and distinguished relationship between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Rwanda in all fields, one of which is the choice of Rwanda to organize the ceremony of handing over the ‘Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award’, on December 9, 2019 in the capital, Kigali. From then, the International historical Anti-corruption monument has been raised at Kigali Convention Centre.
“Our awareness of the danger of the phenomenon of corruption and its growing bad effects on the economies of countries and people’s lives and the ease of its spread in the world, made us more convinced of the importance of mobilizing efforts at the regional and international levels to combat it and address it by all possible means and methods.
This comes in our signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, which aims to enhance cooperation between the two bodies in the areas of promoting integrity and combating corruption, in particular in the areas of training, research, and coordinating efforts in international forums, and the organizing of joint working visits,” Misnad added.
The memorandum of understanding aims to exchange experiences in the field of preventing and combating corruption, by arranging mutual working visits, in addition to supporting and unifying initiatives in the meetings and conferences of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.