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During the Katara Conference on Governance in Culture… Amal Al-Kuwari: Launching a project to measure integrity and transparency in the government sector soon

During the Katara Conference on Governance in Culture… Amal Al-Kuwari: Launching a project to measure integrity and transparency in the government sector soon
During the Katara Conference on Governance in Culture… Amal Al-Kuwari: Launching a project to measure integrity and transparency in the government sector soon
During the Katara Conference on Governance in Culture… Amal Al-Kuwari: Launching a project to measure integrity and transparency in the government sector soon

1st  May, 2019

Al – Sharq Newspaper

Dr. Khalid Al-Sulaiti: Activating the role of the cultural sector in applying the principles of governance

Dr. Hashim Al Sayed: Governance is a system that enhances trust and credibility in the work environment

The Katara Conference on Governance in Culture, held in cooperation with the Qatar Association of Certified Public Accountants and under the auspices of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities, was launched yesterday morning at the Cultural Village Foundation of Katara, with the attendance of HE Hamad Bin Nasser Al Missned, President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation of Katara and Dr. Hashim Al Sayed, Chairman of the Qatar Association of Certified Public Accountants. The conference, which was held for the first time in Qatar, highlighted the tools and mechanisms of governance, the legal frameworks necessary to activate its principles in cultural affairs and its role in activating the role of cultural institutions in the overall development. In addition, clarifying the role of cultural and media institutions in spreading the culture of governance. In order to make sound decisions that will enable the achievement of comprehensive and sustainable development.

During the opening session, Dr. Khaled Al-Sulaiti, General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation of Katara, confirmed in his speech that the conference derives its importance from spreading the culture of governance, helping cultural institutions to understand the principles of governance and to realize their importance in organizing and management in an optimal manner. This is in order to make the right decisions that will enable the achievement of comprehensive and sustainable development. He expressed his confidence that the conference will contribute to activating the role of the cultural sector in applying the principles of governance, and forming a strong relationship between the governance and the legislations that regulate cultural work, in accordance to the highest international standards and best practices. Thus, helping to create a typical working environment and optimal conditions for the success and excellence of institutions operating in the cultural sector, as one of the most important and vital sectors that participate in the process of renaissance and sustainable development of the State of Qatar. 

Furthermore, Al-Sulaiti added that highlighting the issue of governance in the cultural sector and its impact on activating cultural institutions is in line with achieving the aspirations of Qatar’s Second National Development Strategy (2018-2022), which aims at keeping pace with developments and changes at the national, regional and international levels that have become a necessary requirement for contemporary cultural institutions based on the principle of institutional participation, transparency and accountability.  

Chairman of Qatar Association of Certified Public Accountants Dr Hashim al-Sayed said the growing agreement on the link between development policies and cultural policies brings the responsibility for the governance of the cultural sector, stressing that governance is a tool for organizing the work and a monitoring and guidance system at the institutional level that defines the responsibilities, rights and relations with all concerned groups. It also clarifies the rules and procedures necessary for making rational decisions related to the work of the institution, he added.

Cultural Sector Governance

Dr. Hashim Al Sayed, Chairman of the Qatar Association of Certified Public Accountants, said: “The growing agreement on the connection between development policies and cultural policies holds us responsible for the governance of the cultural sector and secure all those who maintain it. He stressed that governance is not an intellectual luxury, but rather a tool for organizing the work and a system of monitoring and guidance at the institutional level, which defines responsibilities, rights and relations with all concerned groups. It also clarifies the rules and procedures necessary for making rational decisions related to the work of the institution. Justice, transparency and enhance confidence and credibility in the work environment and contribute to sustainable development. As well, governance is a system that promotes justice and transparency, enhances trust and credibility in the workplace and contributes to sustainable development.

During the first working session, Dr. Jalal Al-Attar, Head of the Accounting Department at Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College, discussed the mechanisms of governance and its legal legislations, where the first topic was to identify the tools and mechanisms of governance. Ms. Amal Ahmed Al-Kuwari, Head of the Control and Development Department at the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, spoke about the transparency on governance mechanisms and the law of corruption. Ms. Al-Kuwari said that on the legislation level, the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority has drafted more than one bill, the draft law on transparency and making some amendments to the penal law and punitive procedures. Moreover, she added that a project of the Charter of Integrity of Public Officials was drafted and that the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority is preparing the project of national strategy to promote integrity and transparency in light of the Authority’s keenness to implement its mandate, contribute to realizing the Qatar National Vision 2030 and contributing to accomplishing the goals of the Second National Development Strategy Plan 2018-2022 with a view to achieving sustainable development.

In pursuit of integration and in order to benefit from all visions, ACTA takes an approach in its development of the strategy project, that focuses on cooperation and coordination with all relevant entities in the State, represented in the national team on the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Also, ACTA is keen to benefit from the best international practices and experiences, in light of its partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as the Office is considered the responsible body for the follow-up of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

The strategy aims at enhancing the integrity and transparency of the country, thus, strengthening the systems of preserving public funds, enhancing the quality of public services and improving the working environment and investment in the country. For that purpose, the strategy will enhance all legislative, institutional and awareness aspects of transparency and integrity in the country.

In addition, ACTA receives public complaints of suspected corruption with a project to be implemented in the near future, which is the launch of indicators and standards for measuring integrity and transparency in the government sector.

Ms. Amal Al-Kuwari added that “there are several projects that we are working on, namely the Transparency Project, which is based on two parts, the first being the automatic publication, while the second part is the submission of an application for information, pointing out that the Charter of Integrity of Public Officials has obtained the preliminary approval and is in its final legislative stages and discusses the functional competencies and how the employee maintains public property.

Dr. Hani Kamel, Associate Professor in the Accounting Department at Qatar University, spoke about the concept of corporate governance and the effective application of selection criteria of boards of directors, internal audit and control committees. Also, Dr. Reem Al Ansari, Director of Studies and Research Department at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center, spoke about information governance and its impact on the cultural field in the country, as well as discussing the legal frameworks necessary to activate the role of cultural institutions in the overall development.

The second session was held by Dr. Zakaria Hijazi, Associate Professor at Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College, which included three topics. The first topic dealt with governance in the cultural enrichment and sports excellence sectors and was presented by Saif Aldeen Abarro, consultant of Planning and Quality Department at the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The second topic dealt with governance and its relation to sustainable development, which was presented by Dr. Dhabia Saeed Al-Sulaiti, researcher and evaluation consultant of students at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. While the third topic was presented by Dr. Hossam Al-Daman, Assistant Professor at the Qatar University, focused on the accounting aspect regarding governance and the possibility of applying it in the culture sector.