New partnership with Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission in the fight against corruption
We are delighted to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Zambia.
Under the new partnership, our International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) will support the Commission’s efforts to investigate and prosecute corruption cases and to identify and recover stolen assets. This includes support for international cooperation to obtain intelligence and evidence from abroad.
Speaking at the signing ceremony on 13 May, the ACC’s Acting Director-General Rosemary Nkonde-Khuzwayo expressed her confidence that the partnership would result in a stronger and more effective anti-corruption campaign. She was pleased to hear that there has already been substantial dialogue related to developing cases, which could potentially result in millions of dollars being recovered by the state, and looks forward to the regular presence of ICAR on the ground.
Our Managing Director Gretta Fenner added that a key benefit of the partnership, alongside ICAR’s capacity building and technical support, was the ability for Zambia to benefit from the Basel Institute’s expertise in developing context-sensitive and evidence-based anti-corruption approaches. She also noted her appreciation to the United States Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs for their support.
The agreement takes the number of active partnership agreements between the Basel Institute and government anti-corruption agencies to more than 20, spread across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
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