G20 anti-corruption working group discuss ways to bolster cooperation, information sharing | India News


NEW DELHI: Senior officers of the department of personnel and training on Friday said considerable progress was made during the first meeting of the G20 anti-corruption working group (ACWG), which concluded in Gurugram on Friday, on discussions regarding high-level principles on improving information sharing, strengthening asset recovery mechanisms and bolstering law enforcement cooperation for action against corruption and related economic crimes, and also promoting integrity and effectiveness of public bodies responsible for preventing and combating corruption.
The first meeting of the G20 ACWG — which was inaugurated on March 1 by minister of state for personnel and PM Jitendra Singh — was attended by over 90 delegates from 20 member countries, 10 invitee countries and 9 international organizations. India placed on record sincere appreciation and gratitude for the presence of Italy as the co-chair of the G20 ACWG.
Additional secretary of department of personnel and training (DoPT) Rahul Singh, in the post-meeting media briefing along with Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini, head of task force, co-chair, G20 ACWG, Italy, said there have been intensive and productive deliberations over the past three days on several key focal areas pertaining to asset recovery, fugitive economic offenders, formal and informal channels of cooperation for information sharing, institutional frameworks for combating corruption and mutual legal assistance, among others.
Singh said it has been the endeavor of delegates during the deliberations to arrive at a consensus on the draft text of the high-level principles that are on the agenda for the ACWG during India’s G20 Presidency. He informed that on the first day of the ACWG, a side-event was held on ‘leveraging ICT to curb corruption in public sector’, during which experts from India showcased how India has adapted the power of ICT to curb corruption in public service delivery.
India will host the delegates at Rishikesh from May 25 to 27 for the second ACWG meeting and at Kolkata from August 9 to 11 for the third ACWG meeting. It will also host the first ever in-person anti-corruption ministerial meeting to provide further impetus to enhancing asset recovery and international cooperation for strengthening the fight against corruption and related economic crimes, said Singh.
Addressing the media, Polcini re-affirmed Italy’s staunch support for India’s agenda at the G20 ACWG. While talking about the changing nature of corruption, he stated that there is a need to engage with civil society and the business community as part of a multi-stake holder approach that is required to effectively fight against corruption.


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