COCA to fight corruption [Archives:2005/830/Business & Economy]

April 4 2005

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
The Central Organization for Control and Auditing (COCA) will renew its fight against the financial and administrative corruption that is prevalent in government institutions throughout Yemen.

COCA plans to implement a project to restructure government institutions with assistance from Arab and foreign experts.

The organization revealed that the number of cases concerning public property that it uncovered last year reached 240, and the total damage caused by these was over YR2 billion, in addition to damage estimated at over YR900 million. The COCA report indicated that most of the cases are being prosecuted in the court of first instance, and several other courts across the country.

The participants in the 14th annual meeting of COCA recommended last Wednesday that a working team be created to study how best to follow up on their reports. Participants also stressed the need to study the reasons why some parties are no longer subject to their control and audit. They highlighted the necessity that COCA undertakes its tasks throughout all districts and emphasized the importance of COCA in protecting judicial independence.

They stressed that the current levels of corruption are hampering the process of investment.