4TH AFRICAN ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY
Saturday 11 July 2020
Message from the APNAC-Africa Secretariat
Corruption is undoubtedly the most pressing governance and development challenge Africa is confronted with today. Aware that it should be effectively and efficiently tackled, our Head of States gathered in Addis Ababa in 2017 to commemorate the adoption of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combatting Corruption (AUCPCC), chose the 11th of July as the African Anti-Corruption Day. This Saturday 11th July 2020, we are celebrating the fourth edition of the African Anti-Corruption Day under the theme: “Fighting corruption through effective and efficient judicial”.
The African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC) is the Network of dedicated Parliamentarians, coming from the four (4) geographical areas in the Africa sub-Saharan region, present in about 20 countries and committed to the fight against corruption. Since its inception in February 1999, in Kampala, APNAC has been at the forefront of the fight against corruption in its ways and with its means. Over the years, APNAC has been involved in mainly networking, and identifying, reviewing, and closing together with our partners some loopholes in some legislation of some countries where the Network is present through our National Chapters.
While on this day we want to reflect on some of our initiatives and strategies, we also want to project ourselves in the future and strategize better to handle the fight as Parliamentarians because we believe that in this race, and time of turbulence, leadership matters as well. Corruption is multifaceted and should be dealt with accordingly. The recent global pandemic of the COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated the challenges in Africa. The current situation is the warning signal to step up our efforts in the fight against corruption. The integral development of our citizens, our people, and our states is at stake.
We also strongly believe the judiciary is key to the fight against corruption and should at all times demonstrate its independence and neutrality. Corruption can never end with an ineffective, impartial judicial.
Integrity matters in the fight against corruption and it is reassuring to see men and women across the continent demonstrate Integrity. APNAC together with some of its strategic partners are working tirelessly to find the way to celebrate some of the fine men and women, who are committed to the fight against corruption and have continuously demonstrated over the years sound integrity. We are looking forward to bringing this project to reality with concrete criteria and indicators.
Fellow stakeholders and friends at various levels of the fight against corruption, we can proudly say: there is hope! Let’s join our forces and work together to eradicate the common danger which is corruption. APNAC is ever ready and willing to work with likeminded organizations for the development and growth of Africa.
Long live to all the actors involved in the fight against corruption at all levels on the Continent!
Long live to the African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC)! Long live to Africa!
On this day 11th July 2020, Accra, Ghana
Executive Director, APNAC – Africa Region
On behalf of the Board.