UNDP Kosovo and UNDP Seoul Policy Centre launch joint project to fight corruption

Mar 7, 2018

UNDP Kosovo and the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) launched today the pilot project “Establishing a Corruption Proofing of Legislation System in Kosovo” by which the two offices will work together with anti-corruption officials to set up the legal and institutional framework to review legislation and eliminate risks for corruption.

In her opening remarks, H.E. Ms. Un Jong Pak, Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea stated that “Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) is one of the most efficient anti-corruption measures that Korea has implemented for more than ten years. This assessment is a useful tool to prevent the occurrences of corruption by identifying and removing corruption risks in bills as well as existing laws and regulations. I hope this system can contribute to preventing corruption in Kosovo as it has done in Korea.”

Officials from the Korean ACRC will share their experience of developing and implementing the CRA with their counterparts in the Kosovo Anti-corruption Agency, and relevant officials from other institutions involved in the legislative process. As their peers in Kosovo develop a checklist for corruption proofing of legislation, draft legal amendments, and prepare an effective institutional set up, ACRC together with UNDP will provide their insight and advice, including through trainings in Korea.

Mr. Balazs Horvath, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, said “I would like to thank participants from all levels of Kosovo institutions for being present in this launching event today. This is a unique opportunity to bring in all relevant stakeholders from Korea and Kosovo, and the UNDP global network.”  H.E. Ms. Un Jong Pak, Chairperson of ACRC,  emphasized and greeted Kosovo partners’ commitment to the project: “Your participation represents a strong signal that the pilot project on Corruption Risk Assessment that we are officially launching today will be successful and Kosovo’s anti-corruption efforts will be fruitful”.

Mr. Andrew Russell, UNDP Kosovo Resident Representative and UN Development Coordinator, stated that “UNDP strives to ensure good governance through helping authorities create transparent and accountable institutions. The first layer of transparency and accountability is the legal framework. UNDP Kosovo, in cooperation with the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, and our partners both in Pristina and in Seoul, will ensure that through this project we create a robust and sustainable system by which legislation is expertly assessed and the potential for corruption is eliminated.” Likewise, Ms. Albulena Haxhiu, MP of Republic of Kosovo and Chairperson of the Committee on Legislation and Oversight of the Anti-corruption Agency, stated that “We’re pleased that through this project we will be able to draw lessons from the Korean model of reviewing of legislation with the aim of eliminating risks for corruption and receive help to develop such a model in Kosovo too”. Mr. Shaip Havolli, Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency Director, also reaffirmed that “This is a necessary step for Kosovo to take, to build such a system for corruption proofing of legislation and we are grateful for the willingness of our colleagues in Korea to advise us to build it in the best way possible”.

From 1963 to 2009, UNDP has supported the people and Government of Korea, delivering 270 development projects in 20 areas. The Country Office was closed in 2009, as Korea joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), affirming its status as a significant contributor of development aid. In this context, UNDP established the Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) in 2011, with the objective of brokering new partnerships between Korea and the developing world through UNDP networks. UNDP Seoul’s Development Solutions Partnership is USPC’s flagship programme, initiated in 2014; with anti-corruption being one of the key areas of USPC’s current work.

[References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).]

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