Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and TI Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing to continue joint efforts in forging a further collaborative partnership and engagement in the fight against corruption. The two anti-graft organizations inked the MoU, for the 3rd time, at the ACC’s head office in Segunbagicha, Dhaka on 7 October 2019. TI Bangladesh’s Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman and ACC’s Director General (Prevention) Mr. Sarwar Mahmud signed the three-year MOU on behalf of their respective organizations.
The newly signed MoU ranging from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2022 is invigorated with remarkable successes of joint efforts under the two previous MoUs, under which both the organizations gained outstanding achievements with wide youth involvement. The MoU stipulates joint data sharing on monitoring the progress with regards to achieving the SDG 2030 especially the goal 16. It also includes, among others, undertaking joint activities to implement and monitor public awareness regarding anti-corruption laws, anti-corruption campaigns all across the country at upazila and district levels involving youth to mobilise citizens against corruption and ensure implementation of right to information act.
Presided over by ACC Secretary Md Dilwar Bakth, senior officials of both TIB and ACC were present during the signing. At the event, speakers agreed that corruption if can’t be prevented collectively, will adversely affect the future generation, calling upon all to come forward and raise a firm voice against corruption. They further hoped the increasing collaboration will play significant role in preventing pervasive corruption in the country as TIB creates awareness among citizens against corruption while ACC holds the authority to take remedial actions.
The newly signed MoU is a continuity with more robust joint initiatives of the previously signed two MoUs of which the last one ended in September 2019.
The partnership further stipulates joint observance of International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9 and Right to Know Day on 28 September. Besides, ACC will continue investigating into complaints following legal provisions forwarded by TIB. Moreover, the collaboration also covers joint research and campaign; capacity building of the relevant officials of the investigation and prevention division of the ACC; capacity building of the members of Satata Sangha (integrity association), youth voluntary associate group of Durniti Protirodh Committee (DUPROC) formed by ACC following TIB inspired Committee for Concerned Citizens (CCC), SWAJAN, Youth Engagement Support (YES) and YES friends at the local level.
It is highly expected that the new MOU between ACC and TIB will add significant impact usher in ongoing mobilization of citizenry through various preventive efforts to send a strong message to end corruption and punish the corrupt without fear or favor.