The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau (June 4) :
Bangladesh’s Minister for Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Haque said the main weaknesses and gaps in the international anti-corruption framework must be identified in order to prevent modern corruption. Besides, new and innovative approaches have to be adopted to prevent corruption. He also called for a broader integrated approach to anti-corruption within the UN system.
The law minister made the remarks in a pre-recorded video address broadcast a special anti-corruption debate at the UN General Assembly’s special session on Thursday night (June 3rd). The three-day anti-corruption talks are being held at the UN headquarters in New York on June 2-4.
The Minister said the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the fight against corruption are crucial for our sustainable future. Therefore, in order to fight against corruption, an integrated approach must be adopted in the whole society with all stakeholders including women and youth. He said that preventing illicit financial flows and recovering and recovering confiscated assets could contribute to effective resource mobilization and implementation of SDGs. But in the past, it has been observed with frustration that despite the clear provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), there are additional obstacles in the process of recovering resources. These barriers should be removed. If necessary, the possibility of an additional protocol on resource recovery under this Convention may be examined.
Highlighting Bangladesh’s position on the effective implementation of UNCAC, Anisul Haque said, “Prevention of Corruption, Criminal Law, Anti-Corruption Commission, Right to Information, Protection of Whistle Blower, Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, Criminal Matters. The government has established a legal framework nationally on relevant issues including legal aid, extradition, public procurement, and prevention of transnational crime. He said Bangladesh has established various institutional and community-based measures for good governance and public awareness in the fight against corruption, including enhancing inter-agency coordination, better regulation of banking and non-banking financial institutions supervision structure, National Anti-Corruption Committee at various levels, Integrity and Transparency Unit in Educational Institutions, Integrity Stores in Schools, Public Hearing for Government Officials, etc.
The minister said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has set an example of curbing corruption in the society by bringing ministers, MPs, senior government employees, and business leaders to justice and facing corruption. The government is considering civil society and the media as partners to shed light on financial irregularities and corruption at various levels.