The National Conference on the Fight against Corruption opened works, on Thursday in Tunis, on the theme: “United against corruption in service of development, peace and security.” National Anti-Corruption Authority (French: INLUCC) President Chawki Tabib said the event is an opportunity to take stock of the efforts exerted in the fight against this phenomenon. “The organisation of a national conference on the fight against corruption reaffirms the firm political will to combat this phenomenon and implement the various points defined in the Document of Carthage, which considers the fight against corruption a top priority,” he stated at the opening of this two-day gathering which will be crowned by the adoption of a national strategy of good governance and fight against corruption. This strategy is a reference document committing the various national actors (judges, politicians, journalists and civil society) in this process, according to a well-defined roadmap, he explained. “The fight against corruption should not be reduced to mere empty slogans,” said Civil Service and Governance Minister Abid Briki. “The establishment of a system of good governance to combat corruption is a shared responsibility between all actors and that requires the reform of the administration and the civil service sector,” he pointed out. “Several good governance units have already been created in all ministries to monitor the department’s action programme in the fight against corruption,” Briki specified.
Azerbaijan has never considered the Southern Gas Corridor project as a kind of alternative or kind of competitor to any other gas projects being implemented in the region, said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev. He made the remarks on Nov. 17 during a meeting with a group of participants of the 5th News Agencies World Congress. “Our project is only aimed at the target, which I identified – to produce, to supply, to satisfy the needs of consumers, to make happy transit countries, and also to earn money for the country,” noted President Aliyev. “So implementation of the project is on schedule. There were certain delays in Europe regarding some ecological concerns. But, as far as I know, they are being resolved.”
Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion said relations between the Kingdom and his country are distinguished. He was speaking Friday while he met with the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bander Al-Aiban, in Ottawa. He said human rights in the Kingdom are witnessing tangible developments. Dion said during the meeting that relations between the Kingdom and his country are excellent and that goes for human rights development in both countries. They discussed a number of other issues of joint concern, the relations between the two countries and ways of developing them. Al-Aiban highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in supporting human rights issues at all levels, in addition to what Saudi Arabia does to uphold justice.