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  • Apr 19th, 2004
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Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali will inaugurate a three-day international conference on 'UN convention against corruption' on Tuesday.

Dignitaries from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Maldives and experts from around the world, including Europe, Far East, Asia and Western countries, will attend the conference.

President Pervez Musharraf will address the concluding session of the conference.

UN representatives, prominent lawyers, civilian and government officials will also attend the conference.

Delegates from abroad will hold meetings with their counterparts in Pakistan for devising strategies to combat corruption, especially in the Third World.

UN convention against corruption would help the signatories in adopting measures such as establishment of anti-corruption bodies to enhance transparency in both public and private sectors.

Prevention of corruption in the judiciary and public procurement would also be a focal point of the convention.

The convention calls upon the international community to actively promote involvement of non-governmental and community-based organisations as well as other elements of the civil society to create public awareness about corruption.

Recovery of plundered money is another important issue for many developing countries.

The convention will focus on the issue also. In many countries, including Pakistan, massive corruption has caused irreparable loss to the national exchequer and in such countries resources are badly needed for rehabilitation and reconstruction.

In such societies strict measures are needed such as prevention and detection of transfer of illicitly acquired assets, confiscation of property of all those who are involved in corrupt practices to bring the menace of corruption to an end.

Pakistan is among the first group of 15 countries, which signed the UN convention against corruption in Merida, Mexico, last year.

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