Government issues new strategy to confront corruption
Prime Minster Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7

CAIRO: Prime Minster Ibrahim Mahlab issued a new national strategy to confront corruption, which sets new measures and amendments “to guarantee transparency and integrity,” Youm7 reported Tuesday.

Cabinet spokesperson Hossam Qaweesh told Al-Hayah Al-Youm television channel that Egypt released the strategy on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day. He added that the national committee that wrote the strategy will cooperate with regulators to make sure all of its instructions are followed according to a fixed time table.

He clarified that the released strategy aims to tackle issues related to corruption, including improving living standards, implementing new measures to expedite judicial proceedings and to establish rules of fairness and transparency.

Civilian organizations and NGOs were not part of the committee, said Qaweesh, adding that they will have an “essential” role in the coming stage.

Youm7 reported Tuesday that the strategy is based on 6 aspects to be implemented in the long-, medium-, and short-term. It also defines corruption as a “misuse of the authorities to get personal benefits.”

Mahlab also announced that Egypt is aiming to adhere to international standards for anti-corruption measures, and he cited the lack of social justice, unfair income distribution and the inability of large number of people to get their basic needs as reasons fueling criminal behavior.

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