Regional workshop highlights technology role in preventing, combating corruption

[16-06-2022 10:34 AM]

Ammon News - Chairman of the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC), Dr. Muhannad Hijazi, said modern technology plays a "distinguished" role in preventing and combating corruption.

Corruption crimes detection requires "advanced" technology to prove their occurrence, which expediates procedures and contributes to the accurate completion of tasks within an acceptable timetable away from bureaucratic procedures that are often a fertile environment for committing corrupt violations, he noted.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of a regional workshop on technology role in preventing and combating corruption, on Wednesday, he said the IACC, in implementation of the Royal vision, has been integrating the available technology to detect corruption crimes.

The IACC, he noted, has launched a digital support directorate, which provides technical assistance and digital intelligence and helps law enforcement teams to retrieve data.

On the government's role in supporting IACC efforts in this field, he said the necessary funds have been allocated to its several e-transformation enterprises, primarily the Digital Intelligence Project aimed at following up on compliance of public institutions with national integrity standards and following up on wealth growth.

He also referred to the IACC's "deep-rooted" cooperation and expertise transfer with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), lauding the project that Jordan Customs Department intends to implement, titled "The Single Window" to unify procedures, connected by smart programs that speed up transactions and facilitate procedures for service recipients.

For her part, UNDP resident representative, Randa Abul-Hassan said combating corruption and strengthening the rule of law are UNDP's priorities in Jordan and the region.

Abul-Hassan noted this workshop focuses on exchanging modern expertise on technology integration to combat corruption, which comes at "a very appropriate time for Jordan and the participating countries."

Technology, she said, plays a critical role in preventing corruption, and contributes to the transparency, availability and accessibility of official data, which helps governments and the public to monitor efficiency and integrity of services and enhance confidence in the country's political life.

Corruption is a cross-border phenomenon, as it local practices often leave effects at the regional and global levels, which makes it necessary to seriously seek to integrate technology to counter this challenge in a proactive manner, while benefiting from regional cross-border cooperation, coordination and knowledge exchange at the regional level.

UNDP lauds the huge potential of modern technology in achieving sustainable development, she said, adding that its support for comprehensive digital transformation pushes digital technologies integration to solve "thorny" development challenges discussed by the workshop over two days.

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