First GCC Anti-Corruption Meeting Begins in Riyadh

(Kuwait News Agency) The first meeting of the Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states kicked off in Riyadh on Saturday [23 March 2013].

Addressing the opening session, the President of Saudi Anti-Corruption National Commission Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Sharif underlined the need for activating cooperation and coordination to upgrade the performance of the GCC anti-graft agencies.

Al-Sharif, also chairman of the meeting, said the conferees will discuss exchange of information about corruption-related cases and culprits.

For his part, GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani asserted that the meeting reflects the GCC governments’ eagerness to fight corruption on the national and international levels.

He noted that the GCC has already taken several measures to counter the growing threat of corruption which wastes countries’ potential and resources.

Al-Zayani, however, made it clear that more efforts are needs to quicken the pace of achievements in this drive to give a real big impetus to the development and progress process in the Arab Gulf region.

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