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MENAFN - Arab Times - 04/02/2013

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(MENAFN - Arab Times) The 5th conference of Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) has concluded its program, on Saturday, with an emphasis on the role of good leadership in achieving corruption free society.

The four-day event was sponsored and attended by the Philippines' President Benigno Aquino. It also saw the participation of 12 Parliament Speakers of 12 member states and 400 parliamentary figures from 100 different specialized institutions.

GOPAC's Chairman Dr Naser Al-Sane told KUNA, through a phone call, that GOPAC and all of its 50 different branches across the globe seek to put an end to corruption involving public properties, oil strategic projects, construction projects, investment projects and insurance and sovereign funds.

He noted that, during the event, the member states submitted law drafts on fighting corruption and persevering transparency within societies. He lauded all efforts exerted to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

The event provided a fertile ground where the participants were able to question their governments about the deteriorating performances on fighting corruption as directed by the Transparency International (TI); a non-governmental organization that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption in international development.

Individuals, donors, NGOs, Supreme Audit Institutions and other organizations that support or pursue similar objectives as GOPAC or provide funding for its activities were able to interact with one another and form pacts and agreements to fight all kinds of corruption.

Al-Sane stressed that despite all of the GOPAC's accomplishments yet there are still more challenges to condor to achieve corruption free societies.

He noted that pacts were made with the United Nations Convention against Corruption, Transparency International (TI), and International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

GOPAC was founded in October 2002 as a result of a Global Conference in Ottawa, Canada which brought together over 170 parliamentarians and 400 observers dedicated to fighting corruption and improving good governance.

GOPAC is unique in that it is the only international network of parliamentarians focused solely on combating corruption. Its members represent more than 40 countries in all regions of the world. They are current or former legislators or legislators who have been denied their right to take office. Their collaboration is non-partisan.


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