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Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Center opens in Doha.

MOHAMED KHOULAIDI DOHA ATTORNEY General Dr Ali bin Fetais al Marri, under the patronage of the Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, on Sunday announced the launch of the Anti- Corruption and Rule of Law Center in Doha.

Marri said that Qatar has been seeking to occupy one of the first 10 places on the Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, "thanks to its continued efforts to fight corruption at the national, regional and international level".

At a news conference after inaugurating the Center of Law Enforcement and Corruption Fighting in Doha, he said, "Qatar has great ambitions in this regard.

Qatar came 22nd and was first among Arab countries on the Transparency International's 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index - the world's most credible measure of domestic, public sector corruption.

The launch ceremony was attended by a number of international figures namely the UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon, President of the International Anti-Corruption Academy Martin Kreutner, Deputy Chairperson of Yemen Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption Dr Bilkis Abu Osba and Anti-Corruption Commissioner of the Amman Coalition and Representative of the Transparency International Chapters in Arab Countries Dr Azmi Shuaibi.

Minister of Justice HE Hasan bin Abdullah al Ghanem said the centre will promote the culture of anti-corruption. All officials in Qatar will work for the success of the new Center which will have a significant role in encouraging states parties to the UN Convention against Corruption on its implementation, he added.

Marri said, "This Center has been established in collaboration with our partners in the international organisation, particularly the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime." The Attorney General underlined Qatar's support for the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its support for all relevant regional and international initiatives, such as the Arab Network for the Promotion of Integrity and Combating Corruption, the International Society of Anti-Corruption and the International Academy of Anti-Corruption.

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