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High-level conference on Good governance and the fight against corruption in the digital era – hosted by OSCE Albania Chairmanship

Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the high-level conference together with the remote participation of Ms. Ghezal Haris, Inspector General of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Good governance and the fight against corruption in the digital era was the focus of the OSCE Albanian Chairmanship high-level conference that took place on 6 and 7 July in Vienna.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Albania’s Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Edi Rama, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger and the Albanian Minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj opened the conference.

Ghada Fathi Waly, the Director-General/Executive Director of the UN Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addressed the high level panel.

Ms. Ghezal Haris delivered her statement on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan virtually via Zoom commending the Albanian 2020 Chairmanship for putting the fight against corruption a top priority in the OSCE’s agenda. She emphasized the commitment and the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in combatting corruption. She outlined both legislative and structural reforms implemented by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that helped significantly contain corruption in Afghanistan. She also underlined that digital technology has been at the core of Afghanistan’s anti-corruption reforms and will remain so in the next five years. The OSCE, through its field operations, is well-positioned to contribute to both national and regional efforts towards anti-corruption in Afghanistan.

Relevant high-level representatives from OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other international organizations, academia and civil society discussed the main challenges and share best practices and lessons learned. The conference helped identify and implement anti-corruption approaches which strengthen democracy, the rule of law, economic development, stability and security with a focus on the use of new technologies.