Doha – Thursday August 12, 2021:
The educational workshop organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Administrative Control & Transparency Authority (ACTA) on the “Code of Conduct and Integrity of Public Officials’ Charter” was concluded today, during the period from July 7, 2021, to August 12, 2021, with the participation of several of the Ministry’s leaders and employees.
This workshop comes within the framework of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry efforts to develop and support the skills of its employees and to consolidate the concepts and standards of integrity and transparency. The event also aims to introduce the Code of Conduct and Integrity of Public Officials’ Charter and motivate compliance with the stipulated provisions in this regard.
A group of specialists from the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority participated in the workshop over the course of its organization, where the Code of Conduct and Integrity of Public Officials’ Charter issued by Cabinet Resolution No. 18 of 2020, which contains 19 articles applicable to government agencies, was reviewed.
Mrs. Amal Al-Kuwari, Director of the Control and Development Department at ACTA, confirmed that the Code of Conduct and Integrity of Public Officials’ Charter comes in implementation with what HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani emphasized, as the charter emphasizes on strengthening the ethics of the public office in order to achieve the highest indicators of integrity and transparency in the state, enhancing confidence in the public office and providing more protection to public funds. Moreover, Mrs. Al-Kuwari said that ACTA provides state employees and financial institutions with a lot of training related to integrity and behavior and helps these authorities to promote the best measures that prevent corruption and protect public funds.
The workshop dealt, in an interactive atmosphere, with the most prominent definitions related to the public office and the ethics of the public office and work. The workshop also emphasized the role of religion in enforcing moral scruples, the impact of socialization, and the importance of individual awareness of public office and work ethics. It also discussed the benefits of applying work ethics and gave several examples from profitable companies and government institutions from around the world.
The workshop included introducing the basic rules of public office etiquette, the mechanisms for building values and a professional culture based on principles of honesty and determining the relationships between the employee and his superiors, subordinates and colleagues.
The workshop also dealt with office competencies, the articles of the Code of Conduct and Integrity of Public Officials’ Charter and its relationship to the work environment and the rules and behaviors of the public employee.
During the workshop, procedures to ensure the application of the rules and principles of integrity and transparency in the public office were highlighted and discussed, through presenting practical examples in the field of procurement, bidding, service provision and dealing with superiors, subordinates, colleagues and auditors.