Zimbabwe Joins the World at the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Lithuania

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) delegation is attending the prestigious International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Vilnius, Lithuania, from June 18 to 21, 2024. This year’s conference, themed “Confronting Global Threats: Standing for Integrity,” is funded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Global Impact.

Joining this global fight against corruption is vital for Zimbabwe as the nation faces increasing challenges from corruption, which threatens governance, economic development, and national security. The IACC conference offers a valuable platform for discussions on promoting business integrity, which is essential for economic growth.

The timing of the conference is crucial for ZACC, which is currently handling several high-level tender corruption cases involving unscrupulous businessmen who exploit their political connections to secure government contracts and intimidate competitors. By participating in the IACC, Zimbabwe aims to gain insights into more robust and coordinated anti-corruption strategies, thereby enhancing the integrity of its anti-corruption efforts.

Key issues at the conference include the development of whistleblower protection legislation, private sector and government partnerships in fighting corruption, and national policies and strategies for combating corruption. These discussions are expected to bolster the integrity of anti-corruption bodies worldwide. Zimbabwe’s commitment to fighting corruption is part of its broader goal to achieve Vision 2030.

The conference will also address the roles of politicians, legislators, and journalists in the fight against corruption, recognizing the importance of a multi-faceted approach. Additionally, it will explore best practices in preventing and prosecuting corruption cases and engaging youth in integrity initiatives.

Zimbabwe’s participation in the IACC is a significant milestone in its anti-corruption efforts, providing a platform for sharing experiences and strategies with other countries. This exchange of information is expected to yield fruitful results in the ongoing fight against corruption.

Since the inception of the Second Republic, Zimbabwe has intensified its anti-corruption efforts, with numerous politicians and high-level individuals being arrested and tried for corruption. Despite the complexities involved in investigations and prosecutions, ZACC remains steadfast in its commitment to eradicating corruption.

The IACC conference in Lithuania represents an opportunity for Zimbabwe to strengthen its anti-corruption framework and reaffirm its dedication to transparency and integrity on the global stage.

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