Kenya selected to host centre for anti-corruption studies, research in Africa

Thursday, January 11th, 2024 14:52 | By
Kenya selected to host centre for anti-corruption studies, research in Africa
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters in Nairobi. PHOTO/EACC/Facebook

Kenya has secured the bid to host regional anti-corruption studies and research body, the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has confirmed.

In a statement on Thursday, January 11, EACC said the Centre for Anti-Corruption Studies and Research in Africa will be set up by the African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (AAACA).

Kenya, which boasts of hosting several global bodies including the United Nations (UN), was selected to host the anti-corruption institution by the General Assembly of AAACA during its Extraordinary Meeting held on Tuesday, January 10.

According to EACC, the centre will facilitate studies and research that will strengthen good governance and anti-corruption efforts in the continent.

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak welcomed the resolution, saying the centre will play a key role in facilitating the development and harmonization of strategies for the prevention, detection, investigation and control of corruption and related offenses in Africa.

"The establishment of the centre marks a good opportunity for Kenya, especially in the areas of strengthening collaborations, strategies and opportunities in the fight against corruption," the statement reads.

The EACC boss noted that the resolution demonstrates the trust bestowed upon Kenya by its regional peers to take up the responsibility of hosting the institution.

"The Resolution of the General Assembly acknowledges Kenya’s commitment to international and regional legal instruments against corruption, including the establishment of key anti-corruption structures," the statement adds.

"Significant milestones have also been recorded in law enforcement, prevention and recovery of corruptly acquired assets."

The African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities was established by the African Union Convention to promote the effective implementation of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, to which Kenya is a signatory.

EACC represents Kenya as a member of AAACA.

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