International cooperation efforts can help fight corruption and improve good governance

International cooperation efforts can help fight corruption and improve good governance if international authorities cooperate with each during criminal investigations, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director, Paulus Noa has said.

Noa made these remarks yesterday at the ACC head office during the visit by their Chinese counterparts of the Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party from Jiangxi Province in China. The two anti-graft institutions exchanged ideas on dealing with criminal cases.

Noa said availing documents and relevant information for criminal prosecution as well as availing their nationals to appear and testify in foreign criminal courts, will help fight corruption and organised crimes.

With such close international cooperation, corrupt persons will not get away with crimes and this is what international legal instruments against transnational organised crime including corruption are meant for, said Noa.

He added that the fight against corruption will be driven by international mutual legal assistance, but the challenges in tracing stolen assets as well as challenges in securing witnesses to testify in courts may be attributed to lack of true international cooperation in responding positively to mutual legal assistance requests.

Source: Namibia Press Agency