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UN recommends that Morocco enact more anti-corruption laws

The final report prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recommended that the Kingdom of Morocco enact more laws to combat crime and corruption in Morocco after a field visit by Moroccan international experts to assess the government’s commitment to the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

In this context, the Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of reforming the administration and the public office revealed in a presentation to the Council of Government that the report submitted by the UN Office recorded that the legal, institutional and operational framework covers relatively the various requirements specified in chapters II and III on preventive measures and recovery of assets provided for in the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

However, it was recommended that the provisions of the legal system with the provisions of the Convention be adapted to a set of recommendations.

At the legal level, the report urged the adoption of a law on conflict of interest, the adoption of a public utility charter and the adoption of a legal mechanism to facilitate reporting by public officials on acts of corruption and the expansion of the property permit system. The report also stressed the importance of activating the National Commission for Integrity and Prevention of Bribery while the Government reacted to the recommendations of the UN report by recommending periodic evaluation of legal instruments and administrative measures to determine their effectiveness in preventing corruption.

The Kingdom has already made a presentation in 2011 on the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which was ratified by our country in 2007, which was discussed by experts from the countries of Slovakia and South Africa. This process is the third and fourth chapters of the UN Convention, respectively, on criminalization and law enforcement And international cooperation, which was published on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

During the 2017 Periodic Review, which began in June 2016 and was completed in May 2018, Morocco submitted a report on its progress in the implementation of this Convention. It was evaluated by UN experts and experts from Finland and Senegal. A technical committee comprising representatives from a number of relevant ministerial sectors Representatives of the Central Commission for Integrity and Prevention of Bribery, the Royal Gendarmerie, the National Security, the Financial Information Processing Unit, the Bank of Morocco and representatives of the private sector from the General Confederation of Moroccan Contractors, representatives of civil society from Transparance Morocco. In general, the work and meetings and joint audit of a field, and in the light of this was highlighted the strengths of our country, which is available in this area and also reservoirs deficiencies that still hinder the legislative, regulatory and institutional system.

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