Accra, Oct. 31, GNA - Mr. Charles Ayamdoo, Director of the Anti-Corruption Department of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on Wednesday said Ghana needs better coordination in the fight against corruption.
"We in Ghana have used the multi-agency approach in dealing with corruption. What we need is better coordination between these agencies.”
Mr. Ayamdoo made this known to journalists at a Round Table Forum on the Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in Ghana.
He said UNCAC was a comprehensive international treaty on anti-corruption, which focused on prevention of corruption, law enforcement, asset recovery and international cooperation, "which weaves in well with our national goals".
Mr. Ayamdoo said as a signatory to UNCAC, it was the country's aim that within ten years, the public would generally reject corruption, whilst public and private institutions would be characterized by efficiency, accountability and transparency.
He said the media, civil society organizations and individuals would be involved towards achieving "this goal".
Mr. Ayamdoo said as a member state of the UNCAC, Ghana would be reviewed in 2013.
"We have therefore organized this forum to examine our level of preparedness and fill in whatever gaps we might have noticed, in order to go through a successful review," he said.
Mrs. Florence Dennis, Executive Secretary of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), said "there is the need to fit UNCAC into our own anti-corruption measures".
She said once this was done, the country would not only be aiming at going through a successful review by UNCAC, but also, would be effectively ridding itself of corruption and all its negative effects.
The UNCAC came into force in 2005, providing the opportunity for countries to collectively fight against corruption.
The UNCAC assessment process is to stimulate broader national involvement in anti-corruption efforts, encourage inter-institutional dialogue and cooperation, and provide policy makers with detailed information and analysis on the state's anti-corruption efforts.
Organized by CHRAJ and the GACC, the day's forum was attended by 55 participants from the public and private sector institutions, civil society and development partners among others.
Captions, A day’s forum on Review of implementations of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in Accra.