Andrei Shved. Photo courtesy of the Prosecutor General of Belarus
MINSK, September 23 (BelTA) – In Belarus, work on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy is ongoing until 2030, Prosecutor General Andrei Shved said at the 31st meeting of the Coordination Council of CIS Prosecutors General in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, BelTA informed, citing the department for interaction with mass media and editorial work for the Attorney General.
Andrei Shved reported on the anti-corruption efforts of Belarus and the work on the development of the national anti-corruption strategy.
“Our efforts to fight corruption are rated positively at home and abroad. Since the anti-corruption law was passed, our country has moved up in Transparency International’s annual ranking from 106th in 2015 to 63rd in 2020. At the same time, an ambitious task was set to develop the national anti-corruption strategy for the period up to 2030 ”, said Andrei Shved.
The strategy is drawn up by the Science and Practice Center for Problems of Strengthening Law and Order of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Belarus. The Prosecutor General noted that the strategy will include best international practices and standards to ensure a systematic and comprehensive fight against corruption by eliminating its root causes and conditions.
According to him, Belarus regards corruption as one of the threats to national security. Therefore, combating these social ills is one of the government‘s priorities. In this regard, Andrei Shved revealed some results of the Anti-Corruption Program 2020-2022, as well as legislative initiatives prepared by the Attorney General’s Office.
In the past year, 754 inspections were carried out to verify compliance with anti-corruption laws. As a result, 1,853 orders to remedy violations were issued. A total of 3,535 perpetrators were identified, and damages of US $ 177,000 were reimbursed. The public prosecutor found 2,226 violations of anti-corruption laws.
Property acquired through corrupt behavior will be confiscated. In 2020 alone, illegally acquired property valued at US $ 500,000 was confiscated in civil proceedings on the orders of the prosecutor.
The participants of the meeting discussed the experiences of the public prosecutor’s offices of the CIS states in the supervision of public prosecutors and another 15 items on the agenda. As a result, they reaffirmed their commitment to promoting collaboration.
The event was attended by Prosecutors General of Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan, representatives of the Secretariat of the Coordinating Council and the CIS Executive Committee. Guests of honor included Cheol-kyu Hwang, President of the International Association of Prosecutors.
Andrei Shved also held a working meeting with the Belarusian ambassador to Kazakhstan, Pavel Utyupin. They discussed cooperation between the economic entities of the two states, including foreign trade and the expansion of the goods distribution network of Belarusian companies in Kazakhstan.