In an ambitious move, the Central Vigilance Commission has proposed to lead a global task force to promote international cooperation in enforcement and prevention of corruption offences.
The proposal was discussed during the recent executive committee meeting of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) in Tanzania which was attended by chiefs of anti-corruption watchdogs from various nations including Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar.
In a presentation, Kumar said the objectives of the proposed task force would be to facilitate exchange of information about the anti-corruption organisations, systems, procedures, practices, and experiences among anti corruption authorities and other stakeholders.
He said it would promote international cooperation in enforcement and prevention, define best practices and develop benchmarks and new approaches to tackle corruption in its various manifestations and) assist in the capacity building of anti-corruption authorities (ACAs).
The proposed body also aims at encouraging continuous cooperation between ACAs on issues of mutual concern,promoting best practice studies, research and data analysis consistent with diversity and sovereignty considerations, facilitating sharing of key practices and lessons learnt from individual members or regions and facilitating timely communication among IAACA members.
During the meeting held between March 30 - April 1, Kumar highlighted several initiatives being taken by some of the countries and international organisation and suggested that the task force needs to explore ways of achieving suitable coordination and integration between such efforts to avoid duplication.
The CVC suggested that a 10-member body be decided on an open voluntary basis with a balanced representation of the diverse systems and regional settings and urged the IAACA to finalise the constitution of the task force by April 30.
The Central Vigilance Commission has agreed to provide the infrastructure, secretarial assistance and other facilities to support the activity besides funding the knowledge management activity.
"Setting up of the Knowledge Management System is proposed to be completed in 12 months from the date of approval of this proposal by the Executive Committee. This includes about one month for the constitution of the task force," it added.