Saudi G20 Pursues International Cooperation to Fight Corruption

ILO's DDG/P Greenfield attending the 1st G20 Sherpa Meeting in Riyadh

The G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) will pursue international cooperation on global anti-corruption challenges. This includes the cost of corruption and its impact on the global gross domestic product (GDP).

The ACWG met for the first time under the Saudi G20 Presidency this week. This was after the Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (NAZAHA) announced that the working group will hold a minister meeting this year.

The Chair of the ACWG, Dr. Nassar Abaalkhail, highlighted the importance of continuing to address corruption and promoting integrity and accountability in order to foster growth.

International Cooperation

He also asserted that the ACWG will continue to pursue international cooperation on many global anti-corruption challenges including asset recovery, foreign bribery, and beneficial ownership transparency.

The meeting also focused on the achievements and next steps looking forward to implementing the Anti-Corruption 2019-2021 Action Plan.

Delegates addressed the use of new technologies to boost integrity, while promoting a comprehensive approach to developing anti-corruption policies.

Sharing best practices

Member countries also shared their best practices regarding integrity within Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

The G20 agreed on the Anti-Corruption 2019-2021 Action Plan in Buenos Aires in 2018. G20 Members committed to work on the development and implementation of proper mechanisms to adopt G20 agreements in anti-corruption.

In the framework of this action plan, G20 members will also look forward to developing targeted actions where the G20 can best add value in promoting international efforts in the fight against corruption.

The ACWG is committed to continue their work focused on promoting international efforts in the fight against corruption.

During 2020 delegates will continue discussing previous agreements and sharing good practices to foster transparency.

The ACWG also welcomed the announcement of NAZAHA that the Saudi Presidency will hold the First G20 Anti-Corruption Ministers Meeting.

In making the announcement, NAZAHA President H.E. Mazen Al-Kahmous said the Kingdom hold many discussions on anti-corruption. Such discussions were with the participation of international experts from the public and private sectors and civil society institutions. This was to enrich knowledge on these issues and set higher principles the ministers concerned with fighting corruption in the G20 to approve.