G20 India tackling the global menace of corruptio
The second G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) meeting kicked off on Thursday (May 25) in Rishikesh and will continue till May 27. Union Minister Ajay Bhatt, while addressing the meeting, hailed India’s G20 Presidency for its efforts in promoting international cooperation against corruption. In addition, the Minister called for enhancing transparency and accountability in the public sector.
Earlier, in a press briefing, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said, “India will seek deepening of the G20 commitment towards countering corruption globally.” Further, the Minister added that the meeting will reiterate India’s resolve against economic offenders to ensure zero tolerance against corruption.
Five themes of G20 ACWG meeting
The meeting is focused on five broad themes, namely International cooperation for strengthening fight against corruption, Integrity and effectiveness of public bodies and authorities responsible for preventing and combating corruption, Role of audit institutions in anti-corruption, Leveraging Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for combating corruption in the public sector and most importantly, Gender and corruption.
Preparing a compendium of good practices of G20 ACWG members
Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that India is preparing a compendium of good practices of G20 ACWG members regarding enhancing the role of auditing in tackling corruption. This compendium will be helpful in addressing the cross-cutting issue of the importance of the collaboration of Supreme Audit Authorities with anti-corruption bodies. Further, it will increase transparency, accountability, regulatory adherence, and efficiency in public finances.
In addition, India is also preparing an Accountability Report for 2023, which is focused on analysing the efficiency of Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) procedures for corruption and other criminal offences.
A side event on exploring the ‘G20’s perspective on synergizing gender sensitivity with anti-corruption strategies’ is also being organised. In a statement released by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, it said that in this event, India would highlight its own experiences where anti-corruption efforts have helped in the empowerment of women.
Corruption a global challenge
It is pretty apparent that the battle against corruption cannot be conducted in isolation. To combat the corruption menace, governments, organisations, and society must all work together. According to a report published by the World Economic Forum (2019), corruption, bribery, theft, tax evasion, and other illicit financial flows cost developing countries $1.26 trillion per year. The G20 could perhaps serve as a platform for global change and to improve inter-stakeholder cooperation so that real progress can be made against corruption.