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The Charter of Integrity of Public Officials at the Council of Ministers … Promoting Transparency in the Field of Public Sector

Doha – Al Raya

July 08, 2018


Promoting transparency in public service

The Authority is working on a draft charter for the integrity of contractors and suppliers

Mainstream knowledge to promote integrity and transparency and facilitate access to it

A national framework for monitoring administrative and financial procedures in government agencies

HE Hamad bin Nasser Al-Missned, President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, announced the completion of the project for the preparation of a charter for the integrity of public employees and sent it to the Council of Ministers for approval, noting that the Authority is also working on a draft charter for the integrity of contractors and suppliers. It seeks to disseminate knowledge about the promotion and integrity of integrity and transparency.

He referred to the Commission’s proposal for a number of legislative tools to prevent and combat corruption, including the conflict of interest and transparency of information, stressing that Qatar is one of the advanced countries in the fight against corruption and one of the least corrupt countries in the world. In addition, it is the second on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.

Al-Missned said during a press conference that the Authority aims mainly to promote integrity and transparency in the field of public service and to combat corruption in all its forms through a variety of means. The Authority provided channels of direct communication with the public to receive their proposals and complaints about the actions Including corruption and lack of integrity, and taking the necessary practical measures to verify such complaints, in coordination with the concerned authorities in the State.

He added that the Authority is following up what is published in the various media of complaints or investigations dealing with the areas of negligence or inadequacy or mismanagement or exploitation, and research and study it to find out the shortcomings in the administrative, technical and financial systems in the bodies subject to the control of the Authority. In addition, it suggests ways to avoid them from the National Strategy for promoting integrity and transparency, which is established by the Authority. The Authority also communicates with the various State agencies on the operational projects of the Strategy, as well as proposing means and procedures to enhance the integrity and transparency in the management of State property. Moreover, to propose clear criteria for Transparency in the procedures of tenders and auctions, and the implementation of the obligations of the State resulting from the ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

 

The Authority has finalized its vision in cooperation with State institutions

A national strategy for integrity and transparency

The strategy includes 5 main themes to enhance career behavior

HE Hamad bin Nasser Al-Missned stressed that the fight against corruption is a common responsibility of all state bodies, pointing out that the Authority finalized the final vision of the National Strategy for Integrity and Transparency, in coordination with all national authorities, by laying down the necessary foundations and policies to promote integrity and transparency in these bodies. Currently, discussing the operational projects of the strategy with the parties involved in the implementation of those projects. He said that, effective cooperation from all State bodies with the Commission for the public good, which was the surest guarantee and the only way to put those strategies and projects into practice.

On the most important features of the strategy, he explained that it includes 5 main axes, including the public sector, which focuses on enhancing the standards of public service behavior, combating conflicts of interest, transparency of information and promoting integrity and transparency in human resources and procurement. In addition, the private sector’s aim to promote cooperation between the two sectors public and private. Moreover, supporting private sector entities to report integrity violations, establishing corporate governance standards, policies and procedures and internal audit controls. Furthermore, the focus of legislation and law enforcement, which is concerned with the development of the legislative framework in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations with regard to the Convention against Corruption. Although, the strengthening of law enforcement capacities and institutions, as well as the strengthening of anti-money-laundering measures, as well as the axis of public participation, school, universities, the educational institutions and the society’ awareness-raising and the axis of international cooperation.

He noted that one of the most important projects currently under way by the Authority is to strengthen measures of conflict of interest, as well as to enhance access to information.

 

Conditions for receiving complaints about suspicions of corruption and lack of integrity

The President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority confirmed that the Authority is competent to review complaints and verify them in respect of acts involving corruption and dishonesty in the entities under their control. Noting that complaints are received through the Authority’s website or in the presence of the complainant in person to the headquarter. The complaint has several conditions, including that the subject matter of the complaint within the competence of the Authority. Moreover, the complaint should include specific facts that would enable the Commission to verify its contents, and that the subject of the complaints should not be before the judiciary or the Public Prosecution or a judicial decision has been issued. The subject of the complaint is not a complaint against the administrative decisions and the subject of the complaint is not related to the acts stipulated in article 3 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which require a complaint from the victim relating to crimes against his person or money in which is a criminal under the Penal Code and not a crime of corruption.

 

Examine and study the complaints and investigations published by the media

For those subject to the Authority’s supervision, Al-Missned said that it includes ministries and government agencies, entities and companies affiliated to any of them, public bodies and institutions, associations, private institutions and other entities that carry out works of public interest. Pointing to a set of tools used by the Authority to control the ministries, government agencies and other entities subject to its control, including complaints, research and study of what is published or exposed to the press and other media complaints or investigations. Moreover, the authority and is working to develop the so-called national framework of integrity and transparency, It is a tool that monitors and measures the performance of government institutions and agencies.

 

Confidentiality in Handling The Complainant Data

The president of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority’ said that to verify the identity of the complainant, the complainant’s personal data are requested for the internal use of the Authority. He pointed out that these data are treated in strict confidence for the purpose of examining and verifying the complaint. These data will not be shared with the complainant without the complainant’s permission, and the Authority may communicate with the complainant through the mentioned data to verify the complaint or request additional information.

He pointed out the difference between the role of the Authority and the role of the Audit Bureau, explaining that the Authority has the role of comprehensive administrative and financial control over all entities under its control, to the extent required to achieve the objectives of the Authority in promoting integrity and transparency in the field of public service and work to combat corruption in all its forms. While the Audit Bureau generally controls financial auditing, auditing and auditing for the entities under its control.

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