11:57 - 2022-12-09
The head of the United Nations Mission in Iraq, Jeanine Plasschaert, confirmed today, Friday, that the Iraqi government has taken a number of encouraging steps to combat corruption.
Plasschaert said in a message on the International Anti-Corruption Day, according to a statement: "The rampant and systematic corruption is one of the biggest challenges facing Iraq," noting that "corruption has many consequences, including the economic cost and its negative impact on stability and prosperity, undermining progress, and depriving citizens of their rights, As well as discouraging international investment, and robbing the state of the necessary resources to provide its citizens with better schools, hospitals, roads, and countless other public services.”
She added, "Corruption is one of the main causes of the imbalance in Iraq, and keeping the system as it is will backfire with negative results in the end."
And she continued, "The most recent major corruption case in Iraq, which was called (the theft of the century), will not be the last, unfortunately, and it serves as a wake-up call. There is no doubt that systemic change will prove vital to the country's future, but this change will not happen overnight, but will require extensive work and perseverance." team effort and the realization that now is the time to act with integrity.”
She stressed that "the government has taken a number of encouraging steps, and that these efforts may be hindered or undermined by those who stand to lose."
She pointed out that "the International Anti-Corruption Day for this year seeks to highlight the essential link between combating corruption, peace, security and development, under the slogan (unifying the world against corruption), and that confronting this crime is a right and responsibility for all."
And she indicated that "in this spirit and for the sake of future generations, let us all work together, in Iraq and elsewhere, whether as individual citizens or those holding public office, and strive for accountability, transparency, the rule of law, and building a system that serves the need of society instead of serving a narrow group of accomplices." Do not care too much about the national interest," noting that "the expropriation of state resources for private and factional interests must stop, and ensuring accountability for all sectors will be necessary."
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