The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is expected to co-host a regional conference for heads of anti corruption agencies in Africa with the Commonwealth Secretariat.
President Ian Khama is expected to open the high profile conference, which will run in Gaborone from May 23-26.
DCEC Public Relations Manager, Lentswe Motshoganetsi, says the conference is expected to focus on strengthening relations and collaborative efforts between Anti-corruption agencies within the Commonwealth and interested African countries that fall outside the Commonwealth.
He stated that the conference will assist delegates to appreciate diversity and commonality to combat corruption. He said the conference will also assist delegates to appreciate the level of individual country performance and challenges in dealing with corruption, identify weaknesses and develop smart country action plans. He said the meeting will enable the heads to share experience and to discuss Commonwealth experience and best practices, adding that delegates will also share strategies and approaches to tackling corruption, promoting transparency and high ethical standards in government.
“Some forms of corruption take place across borders, hence corruption does not have boundaries and remedial measures towards trans-border corruption will also be discussed,” said Motshoganetsi.
According to Motshoganetsi, key stakeholders expected to participate at the high profile conference include Botswana police, Ombudsman, Auditor General and also heads of Anti corruption agencies in Commonwealth Africa.
“DCEC initiated the conference and it is the first of its kind to be held in the region,” said Motshoganetsi.
So far, the countries that have confirmed their representation are South Africa, Lesotho, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Swaziland, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia. Other countries that do not fall under commonwealth are said to have shown interest in participating at the conference.
“This is a continuation of a mutual relationship that has been in existence between the DCEC and the Commonwealth Secretariat governance unit,” said Motshoganetsi.
Meanwhile, Botswana’s performance in fighting corruption has been set as a shining example in Africa and Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index currently rates Botswana 33, the highest rated country in Africa. The DCEC has been committed to fight corruption with all available resources and to engage every available stakeholder in carrying out its mandate.
Africa is also said to be one continent where a lot of states are rated as being too corrupt. Mogtshoganetsi added that the DCEC Director found it befitting to invite her colleagues in the region, and to rope in the Commonwealth Secretariat to come and discuss issues.