ACC Deputy Commissioner attends UNODC Conference in Niamey
The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Shollay Davies and the Director of Intelligence, Investigations and Prosecutions ACC, Reginald Fynn Jnr. attended a two day consultative conference on 26th and 27th February 2014 organized by United Nations Office on Drugs (UNDOC) in Niamey, Niger. The summit was held in partnership with High Authority Against Corruption and Related Offences. (Photo: Deputy Commissioner, Shollay Davies)
The thrust of the summit was to put strategies in place that will strengthen bilateral cooperation in the investigation of corruption issues in West Africa.
In an exclusive interview, Mr. Shollay Davies said the key objective of the meeting was to look at the level of international cooperation between Anti-Corruption Agencies and to strengthen the level of collaboration among member nations as corruption is a transnational crime that requires more collaborative efforts from all fronts.
In line with Article (4) of the African Union Convention, strong collaboration, experience sharing and expertise in tackling corruption in the continent is essential amongst West Africa states, Mr. Davies stated. He emphasized that International cooperation and international policing (Interpol) are integral part of regional development and the summit called for countries to use the Interpol portal for information sharing on Anti-Corruption Convictions. The summit, he went on to say looked at the strategic framework under which nations will collaborate and facilitate a more constructive engagement and illicit financial funds and unexplained wealth within the framework of collaboration.
Mr. Davies expressed optimism that the summit will achieve results and was hopeful this will not be paper tiger document. He said all resources and strings will be pooled to make sure the strategic plans are followed. He noted that plans are on the way to establish an Anti-Corruption Academy for Anglophone countries to share expertise and skills.
He also mentioned that a key threat to the development of Sub-Saharan countries is money laundering. He said with the level of anticipated collaboration and cooperation corruption will be minimized and where possible eradicated.
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