Global Forum IV on fighting corruption and safeguarding integrity

Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
Media Statement

South Africa Key Participant at Global Fight Against Corruption

8 June 2005

Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi is leading a high level delegation from South African at the Fourth Global Forum on Fighting Corruption. The Forum is held in Brazil from 07 to 10 June 2005, and is attended by representatives from one hundred countries around the world.

Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, who is also the Chairperson of the National Anti-corruption Forum, heads this delegation that includes representatives from the civil society sector, the Department of Public Service and Administration, the Office of the Public Service Commission, the National Treasury, the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the South African Police Service, the South African Revenue Service as well as the Office of the Public Protector.

The Global Forum takes place every two years and presents governments with the opportunity to share good practices on fighting corruption and to develop new and innovative ways to curb this scourge.

At the opening of the Global Forum, the President of Brazil and the Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, again emphasized the particularly devastating effect of corruption on the social cohesion and economies of developing countries and its indigent poor, and called on all countries to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Issues that this Global Forum address include money laundering, public procurement, e-government as a tool for accountability, measuring corruption, managing conflict of interests, the role of civil society, corruption at local government level, the role of the media and the funding of political parties.

Minister Fraser-Moleketi said that this Global Forum is of particular significance for South Africa as:
* Our country is a member of the International Organising Committee that assisted the Government of Brazil to organise the Global Forum IV;
* South Africa will host the next meeting of Global Forum in 2007 (following the USA, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea and now Brazil); and
* South Africa is in the process of formulating its National Anti-corruption Programme in line with the resolutions of the Second National Anti-corruption Summit that was held in March 2005, and in this regard may draw on the exchange of good practice between countries.

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Issued by: Ministry of Public Service and Administration
8 June 2005