President orders implementation of Yemeni-German cooperation mechanisms to eradicate corruption [Archives:2005/860/Business & Economy]

July 18 2005

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered the government to implement findings and recommendations of the workshop on activating the role of monitor units and office inspection to maintain the public money and eradicate corruption.

The workshop was organized from April 16-18 by the Presidential Office in cooperation with the Central Organization for Control and Audit (COCA) and the German Foundation for Technical Cooperation.

The workshop, which aims at maintaining the public money and eradicating corruption, is an extension of previous presidential directives to the government to activate procedures of monitoring the public money issues and protecting the public money from being misused and embezzled as well as exterminating the financial and administrative corruption.

The workshop was organized as part of the Yemeni-German cooperation for eradicating corruption. It was dedicated to discussing situations of monitor apparatuses in the local authority and the role of the monitor units in fighting corruption.

Additionally the workshop reviewed the current situation of the monitor units at the administrative and economic system of the state at the central and non-central levels with the aim to set the suitable mechanisms in order to activate role of the monitor units in protecting public money and fighting corruption.

Findings of the workshop was attended by monitor and inspection managers at the state's administrative system, the economic sectors in all the Yemeni governorates and a team of German experts in the field of fighting corruption.

65% of the State's administrative system units have updated their monitor departments by virtue of the Cabinet's decision No.217 issued in 1999.

The findings of assessing the performance of the monitor units in the light of the field study conducted by the COCA revealed that only 2% of the monitor units do their duties in the required way.

Recommendations of the participants in the workshop included emphasizing the importance of reconsidering the legal frame that specifies tasks and mechanisms of the monitor units at the State's administrative system and the local authorities.

According the workshop' recommendations, tasks and mechanisms of the administrative units should be compatible with the Cabinet's decisions No. 24 and 217 issued in 1986 and 1999 respectively, and the by-laws of relevance.

From the point of view of participants, the law No.4 issued in 2000 with respect to the local authority added a new domain to the importance of setting a legal frame to contain all the monitor tasks in all the State's units and institutions.

They said the law No. 4 will help embody the international monitor measures upon which the precautionary procedures are based to restrict corruption and eradicate it in due time.