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UNODC officials call on ACC chief

Update : 11 Mar 2018, 07:15 PM
A delegation from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime, called on Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Sunday. Led by Sergey Kapinos, the three member delegation of the organization held a discussion with the anti graft watchdog chief about various issues including corruption prevention in the country. ACC Director General (Prevention) Md Jafor Iqbal was also present at the meeting which was held at the organization’s headquarters in Segunbagicha, Dhaka. South-Asian Regional Representative of UNODC Sergey Kapinos said: “Corruption is committed all over the world, but it is important to take action against it.” He praised the current activities of the ACC in preventing corruption, especially the installation of "Stata" (honesty) stores in various institutions. Aiming to set up a country office of UNODC in Bangladesh, Sergey is seeking cooperation and assistance from the government and the ACC. “We have taken the initiative of setting up an office in order to speed up the undertaking of active measures against corruption and drugs,” he also said. He stated that people from the government, civil society, and the ACC must all come forward to keep future generations free of drugs and corruption. Iqbal Mahmood said: “Intelligence is the key to winning the war against corruption. Every organization should have a website which details their activities for easy monitoring. An effective framework can be installed for the ACC to observe their actions.” “This will even allow anyone to challenge every activity of the ACC itself as per law. In any case, all activities of this organization are submitted to the president in an annual report, with provisions for any issues to be discussed in the National Parliament,” he added. “Many people think that the activities of the ACC have stagnated. I want to tell them that it is not stagnation, but a strategy to lure corrupt people out. We are working on all sectors including civil service, education, and medicine. We will never back down in our quest to build a golden future for the next generation,” he also said.
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