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| (With photos) KUWAIT, Oct 1 (KUNA) -- Minister of Communications and acting Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Salem Mthieb Al-Utahianah reiterated here on Monday that the Kuwaiti government has made many strides in the areas of diverse political, financial and administrative reforms and continues to so "until we all see tangible results of the government's hard drive." The minister said in a speech on behalf of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at the opening ceremony of the 6th Kuwait Transparency Forum dubbed (transparency in the security and defense) that the government participated in the signing of the UN Convention Against Corruption and was among the leading countries which have signed the Convention since it was setup by WHO in 2003.

He added that the National Assembly had ratified the Convention in November 2006, pointing out that the government is also working in collaboration with the National Assembly on the fight against corruption in any sector, including working to promote integrity and transparency in the security and defense sectors.

He explained that the government "began to take all available means to subjugate all state purchases including security and defense procurement under the control and supervision of the the National Assembly and the State Audit Bureau in accordance with the principle of transparency pursued by the government with regard to security and defense." He said that this forum "comes to confirm synergy of the official efforts with the National Assembly and civil society institutions in order to formulte a sophisticated state vision free of corruption, which may hinder its march and also confirms the state's belief in the role of civil society and the need for its participation in fighting corruption and promoting transparency and accountability." Al-Utahinah went on saying, "We are sure by reviewing events f this Forum that we will listen to many of the experiences and insights that will contribute to the development of the state's strategy to fight corruption and promote the principle of transparency in the security and defense in order to achieve further strengthening of the citizens' trust in their national institutions." For his part, Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Authority in Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Sharif said in his speech that the participants in this forum "look all to achieve positive results and activate the real cooperation and constructive dialogue between civil society efforts and the efforts of countries in tackling the most serious threats targeting the wealth of nations, draining their economies and hurting their reputation and interests.

He praised efforts of the Kuwait Transparency Society in the promotion of transparency and protection of the integrity, either domestically or internationally. For his part, Chairman of Kuwait Transparency Society Salah Al-Ghazali said in his speech that the forum highlights the (transparency in the security and defense) in line with the objectives of the society aimed at promoting transparency and anti-corruption and achieve the desired reform in all sectors of the state.

Al-Ghazali reviewed the status of Kuwait in international indicators, particularly in the Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International (TI) annually. (end) KUNA 011641 Oct 12NNNN

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Date:Oct 1, 2012
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