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Anti-Corruption Collective Action Project Launched in Egypt

 A multi-year anti-corruption collective action initiative was launched at the Anti-Corruption Policy Dialogue and Collective Action Seminar, “The Role of Companies in Fighting Corruption in Egypt”, which concluded today in Cairo. The seminar brought together 200 government officials, members of parliament, business leaders and other experts from Egypt and international organizations.

A joint project of the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) and the United Nations Global Compact, the new initiative aims to promote collective action as a mechanism to address corruption risks affecting businesses in the country. In order to create enabling environments for anti-corruption, the project will convene a series of public-private dialogues to seek a range of stakeholders’ input toward developing methodology and compliance programmes for small and medium enterprises.

The project will also work closely with the Ministry of Administrative Development and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to enhance the tendering and procurement processes. A series of workshops and dialogues will be organized to develop a set of recommendations conveying the private sector’s perspectives to these government ministries. By the end of this year, the project aims to launch a business-led coalition, the Egyptian National Integrity Network, to facilitate these efforts.

"Dismantling corruption is on the priority list of every Egyptian seeing Egypt assuming its rightful place amongst great nations,” said Eng. Omar Sabbour, Chair of the Egyptian Junior Business Association. “I hope the collective action project we are embarking on with the UN Global Compact could make a contribution to advancing the anti-corruption agenda in the private sector."

The high-level launch event built upon a series of anti-corruption events organized and supported by the EJB.

  • On 20 March, a business roundtable convened 70 top executives from different industry sectors (tourism, construction, energy, research and education, real estate, and information technology) who identified sector-specific corruption challenges.
  • On 26 March, the EJB co-organised a multi-stakeholder consultation during which participants discussed ways to better utilize public-private dialogue in the fight against corruption.
  • On 27 March, Cairo University, the UN Global Compact, the Global Compact Egypt Network, the UN Development Programme and Siemens convened the conference, “Towards a Transparent Economy in Egypt”. Over 100 university educators, government officials, students, business representatives and other experts highlighted how various stakeholders contribute to the anti-corruption agenda in the country.

Supported by the Siemens Integrity Initiative, the new initiative will be one of five collective action projectslaunched by the UN Global Compact in December 2010, in which it joined forces with Local Networks and strategic partners to develop anti-corruption collective action projects in the emerging markets of Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, India and South Africa.

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