2nd French-Tunisian days of fight against corruption | Tunisia News Gazette

2nd French-Tunisian days of fight against corruption

The fight against corruption is an international phenomenon that requires the cooperation of all parties, given its close connection with the crimes of terrorism and smuggling, said Thursday Minister of Justice Ghazi Jeribi.

At the opening of the 2nd French-Tunisian Anti-Corruption Days, organised by the National Anti-Corruption Authority (INLUCC), the Minister stressed the importance of international cooperation in the fight against corruption, stressing that all efforts must be made at the level of the international community.

“International cooperation is essential in this kind of combat,” he said, adding that laws and international conventions are inadequate. “State support for the control authorities is now essential”.

According to the minister, there is an interdependence between the fight against corruption and the fight against terrorism, smuggling and tax evasion.

On the bilateral level, he said, mutual legal assistance between Tunisia and France is one of the most effective mechanisms to deal with these crimes.

Jeribi also stressed that the fight against corruption is a top priority for the government. “Indeed, this issue is on the agenda of all the meetings of the attorneys general,” he said.

The minister also referred to the smear campaigns against those fighting corruption “to destabilise them and to question their credibility”.

“It is imperative to strengthen joint action to unmask the people behind these practices,” he said.

For his part, French Ambassador to Tunisia, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, said that “corruption is, first and foremost, an economic issue for Tunisia which, since 2011, is very committed to the fight against corruption” .

The fight against this phenomenon is a major issue for Tunisia and France is determined to exchange experiences in this area with this country, he said.

In turn, INLUCC President, Chawki Tabib, recalled that France is the main economic partner of Tunisia, adding that the two countries are linked by privileged relations based on the exchange of expertise, particularly in skills development.

Tabib also praised the improvement of the legal arsenal in the fight against corruption, citing the draft law n 2016-41 on corruption whistleblowing and the protection of whistleblowers, the organic law n 2016-77 of December 6, 2016 relating to the judicial economic and financial unit and the organic law n 2016-22 of March 24, 2016 on the right of access to information.

Tabib, however, stressed that “the road is still long and challenges are still on the agenda”, noting that some politicians and journalists are closely linked to money laundering cases.

Corruption is a question of the future that affects national security at both the national and international levels, he said, recalling that the process of democratic transition “can not be carried out without effectively combating the phenomenon of corruption”.

According to the INLUCC president, international cooperation is a condition sine qua non for the fight against this phenomenon, indicating that several conventions have been signed for this purpose, particularly with France, Italy, Libya, Egypt and Indonesia.

The press conference was organised as part of the 2nd French-Tunisian anti-corruption days held on April 5-6 in Tunis.

Source: TAP News Agency

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