STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR RAUF ENGİN SOYSAL, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY, in response to the Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Mr. Martin Kreutner, (1138th Meeting of the Permanent Council)
Thank you Mr. Chairperson.
We are pleased to have Mr. Martin Kreutner, the Dean and Executive Secretary of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), among us at the Permanent Council. We thank him for his comprehensive presentation.
Establishing sound and sustainable good governance is a complex challenge we all face today. Good governance is significant, if not vital, for proper socio-economic development, healthy economic competition and an attractive investment climate. This renders good governance a fundamental factor for sustainable economic development, stability and security.
Success in fighting corruption and money laundering plays a decisive role in consolidating good governance and sustainable economic growth. As a challenge that cuts across boundaries, it requires an integrated and comprehensive response at the national, regional and global levels, through an effort involving all relevant stakeholders which include interest groups, civil society, governmental agencies, as well as regional and international organizations.
It is with such and understanding that we support IACA and its important work. We note that the number of Parties to the agreement establishing IACA has now reached 70. This figure includes, of course, Turkey. While there is obviously still room for improvement, this figure nonetheless demonstrates a wide commitment to the cause of fighting corruption. In addition to its educational programs, the Academy also functions as an important platform for expert research. The increasing number of cooperation agreements that the IACA is concluding with other organizations is also a positive sign for the global will to effectively combat corruption.
Within this framework, we are pleased with greater cooperation between the IACA and the OSCE. The potential that such a cooperation yields in numerous areas including but not limited to capacity building, exchange of expertise and creating synergies must be tapped to the maximum. Its network of field offices and wealth of expertise and experiences, which produced, inter alia, the OSCE Handbook on Combatting Corruption, make the OSCE singularly well-placed to contributing to efforts in this area.
Fighting corruption has always been one of Turkey’s policy priorities. We have taken numerous legislative, administrative and institutional measures within this context. We believe that transparency, accountability and effectiveness are the key elements in the fight against corruption. Our National Strategy against Corruption, which revolves around these critical components, was adopted in 2010, and has ever since been carried out with the active involvement of the civil society, private sector and academia.
Moreover, in addition to the IACA Agreement, Turkey is also a party to a number of other international conventions and initiatives in this field such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), the Council of Europe Conventions on Criminal Law on Corruption and Civil Law on Corruption, OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
In conclusion, while reiterating our support for the IACA, we would like to thank once again Mr. Kreutner for being here with us today and wish him every success in the future.