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Project of national strategy against corruption yet to be implemented (Samir Annabi).

TUNIS, (TAP) - President of the National Authority against Corruption Samir Annabi said the project to implement a national strategy against corruption remained "a dead letter," though one year has elapsed since its drafting began.

According to him, the delay was caused by the absence of a preliminary strategy and to the fact that potential obstacles and difficulties were not taken into consideration.

Speaking at a technical workshop held Monday in Tunis on the theme of "Implementing the National Strategy against Corruption," Annabi said among the difficulties encountered by participants in devising this strategy is the absence of a clear notion on corruption.

Giving bribes is only the tip of the iceberg, unlike what most people think, he said.

Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in Charge of Relations with Constitutional Institutions and the Civil Society Kamel Jendoubi called for the need to speed up the implementation of mechanisms against corruption, saying it is a major challenge facing Tunisia.

In the speech of the Speaker of the House of People's Representatives (HPR) Mohamed Ennaceur read out by an advisor at the HPR, an emphasis was placed on the parliament's commitment to contribute to the implementation of a comprehensive strategy against corruption in adopting laws and establishing a constitutional authority (good governance and anti-corruption authority)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Tunisia Mounir Thabet commended Tunisia's commitment to consolidating transparency and combating corruption.

Organised by the National Authority against Corruption, the Prime Ministry and the HPR, in partnership with the UNDP, the workshop seeks to "build on the consultation process around a national strategy against corruption."

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Date:May 4, 2015
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