Al-Razzaz affirms government's commitment to boost role of monitoring bodies | Jordan News | Ammon News


Al-Razzaz affirms government's commitment to boost role of monitoring bodies


[6/24/2018 4:08:29 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister, Omar al-Razzaz, affirmed the government's commitment to strengthen the monitoring bodies and boost their role in combating corruption and preserving public money.

The Prime Minister said during his visit Sunday to the Jordanian Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (JACC) and his meeting with its Chief, Mohammed Al-Alaf: The government respects the independence of the JACC and will work to enhance this status effectively to play its role to promote integrity and to fight corruption according to clear criteria and transparent procedures.

"I call on the JACC to exercise full and effective independence," al-Razzaz said.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to fully abide by the enforcement of law and to punish those found guilty in cases of corruption.

Al-Razzaz stressed the need to handle cases under the Commission's mandate professionally, and said "this is the only way to bridge the gap in trust between the citizen and the government and its institutions".

On a related context, he said the Cabinet discussed yesterday in detail the launch of a charter and a code of conduct for ministers, which includes a clear text on the conflict of interests and the disclosure on any suspicion in this regard, and affirmed the government " will proceed in this direction."

Al-Razzaz said he will ask all ministries, government units and independent bodies to promote the right to access information, and said he believes the Access to Information Law is "flawed and should be revisited to ensure information requested by citizens and the media is made available".

"It is the right of the citizen and the duty of the government, which constitutes the first line of defense in disclosure and transparency," he pointed out.

As for the letter of Royal designation, Al-Razzaz said His Majesty King Abdullah II asked the government to carry out a clear plan aimed for a "comprehensive national renaissance," stressing this project needs restoring trust between citizens and institutions of society and government, work transparently and openly, and launch dialogue in all subsequent decisions and procedures.

For his part, Chief of the JACC, Mohammed Al-Alaf, said the Prime Minister's visit is an opportunity to strengthen the action mechanisms in the anti-corruption efforts, a bid to be achieved through activating the joint work between state institutions and the Commission.

Boosting integrity criteria is a national action, which requires concerted efforts in this field, and Jordan is on the threshold of a new stage in which the pending issues that have left a negative impact on society are being addressed, Al-Alaf pointed out.

Al-Alaf reviewed the main challenges facing the Commission's work and its future plans and programs, both in terms of policies and legislation, and said the JACC's decisions are subject to the mechanisms of institutional governance.

The government coordinator for human rights, Basil Tarawneh, attended the meeting.

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