United Nations will continue to support Kyrgyzstan in the fight against corruptionSep 22, 2015
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan- On September 22, 2015, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kyrgyzstan Alexander Avanessov took part in the first meeting of the Anticorruption council under the Government of the KR, along with the Kyrgyz Prime Minister, a number of Cabinet members, representatives from the Prosecutor’s office, civil society institutions, expert circles and international donor community.
In his opening speech, Temir Sariev, the Kyrgyz Prime Minister has noted, “the Anticorruption council was created as a result of not only the Government’s initiative, but with active support of civic partners and international organizations. The Council should turn into the leading platform where anticorruption measures will be jointly discussed and developed,-” said the Prime Minister.
Following the opening speech of Temir Sariev, UN RC took the floor and has reaffirmed his organization’s readiness to provide further assistance to national stakeholders in tackling corruption. “I would like to note that in recent years, Kyrgyzstan has made significant steps in the development and organization of the anti-corruption policy. Most importantly, the bulk of the efforts undertaken are aimed at combatting and dismantling the “system” of corruption. These measures have led to some improvement in the TI Corruption Perception Index of 2014, when Kyrgyzstan rated 136 out of 175, unlike in 2013, when the country was ranked 150”,- stated Avanessov.
Speaking about UN’s assistance in combatting corruption, UN RC has noted that the organization’s help has ranged from the provision of respective expertise to strengthening the capacity of the Chamber of Auditors and that of the public councils on the matters of ensuring budget transparency, monitoring and accountability of the state institutions.
Following the keynote speeches, participants have discussed further ways of tackling corruption, especially in the public procurement system, energy sector and the construction industry.
The meeting was organized with technical assistance of the UNDP and OSCE.
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