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Participation of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority in the resumed twelfth session of the review team for the implementation of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention

The Administration Control and Transparency Authority (ACTA) with an official delegation headed by HE Hamad bin Nasser Al-Misnad, President of ACTA, participated in the twelfth session of the review team for the implementation of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention.

During his speech at the opening of the session, the delegation of the State of Qatar affirmed its commitment to the recommendations of the review report in its first session, and that Qatar has prepared a national strategy to enhance integrity and transparency in accordance with a participatory approach that stemmed from the Amiri Resolution No. 6 of 2015 reorganizing the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, in item No. (3) of Article No. (5), with the responsibility of “developing a national strategy to enhance integrity and transparency, and working to implement it in coordination with the concerned authorities in the country.”

The Conference discussed relevant information being collected with the support of the Secretariat, in order to facilitate the evaluation of the performance of the Implementation Review Mechanism, and the views of Countries Parties on the performance of the Implementation Review Mechanism in order to further evaluate the performance of the Mechanism in a timely manner.

The Conference also encouraged the States Parties to continue to use the Implementation Review Team as a platform for the voluntary exchange of information on national measures taken, including adopted strategies, challenges and practices, to effectively address challenges and implement measures to prevent and fight corruption and enhance international cooperation.

During the conference, States noted barriers to asset recovery and return, in particular through Mutual Legal Assistance processes that often turn out to be long and complex, and highlighted the need to use all available methods for asset recovery, including measures related to direct recovery methods, which It provides countries with flexible means to recover assets directly without having to rely on international cooperation.

The delegation of Qatar also participated, during the same period, in the tenth open intergovernmental expert meeting to enhance international cooperation in the fight against corruption within the framework of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Convention in the plenary hall at the Vienna International Center.

The states parties  also encouraged to exchange information on their legal requirements related to international cooperation, statistical information, and examples related to international cooperation in transnational corruption cases, and to acquire cumulative knowledge in the field of international cooperation.

The conference provided information on tools and services for strengthening international cooperation, including information on the online guide of competent national authorities and on the global anti-corruption operations network of law enforcement authorities.

The delegation of the State of Qatar also participated in the fifteenth meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery, and the States Parties discussed their efforts related to building capacity and providing technical assistance in the field of asset recovery.

The conference reviewed ways to enhance international cooperation to recover Assets, Managing frozen, seized and issued assets, focusing on acquiring cumulative knowledge in the field of asset recovery, encouraging cooperation between relevant existing bilateral and multilateral initiatives, in addition to contributing to the implementation of the relevant provisions of the Convention and facilitating information exchange between countries by identifying good practices and disseminating those practices among them.

In the end, the practical aspects of asset recovery were discussed, including the existing challenges and good practices, as well as the collection of information from States Parties on the issues of asset recovery at the international level regarding offenses established under the Convention, and related to the volume of assets frozen, seized, issued and returned, Report findings to the Working Group and to the Conference, and update the Asset Recovery Observatory database.