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Kuwait initiates ‘Adaa’ project to tackle government corruption

In collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha), the British Embassy in Kuwait, and the Global Partners Governance Foundation (GPG), Kuwait has officially launched the pioneering “Adaa” project. This project introduces an accreditation system for government sector bodies, aiming to strengthen transparency, integrity, and the fight against corruption within governmental institutions. “Adaa” seeks to encourage compliance with professional and ethical standards among government employees by recognizing and rewarding entities that demonstrate commitment to these principles. By fostering a culture of accountability, the accreditation system aims to promote ethical behavior and combat corruption within the government sector.

Five government agencies, including the Direct Investment Promotion Authority, the Anti-Corruption Authority, the Environment Public Authority, the General Food and Nutrition Authority, and the General Institution for Social Insurance, participated in the pilot phase of the accreditation system. These institutions were awarded the “bronze” level for their efforts in implementing ethical practices.

Salem Al-Ali, the Secretary-General of Nazaha, emphasized the importance of the “Adaa” project in enforcing codes of conduct circulated by the Civil Service Commission. He noted that the initiative aligns with international standards and best practices, drawing upon experiences shared by other ambitious state institutions during the project’s inaugural conference.

Speaking on behalf of the British Ambassador to Kuwait, Belinda Lewis, Deputy Head of the British Mission, Sunny Ahmed, praised the new accreditation system for publicly recognizing ethical practices in government institutions. Ahmed highlighted the positive impact of the initiative on enhancing public confidence in the delivery of government services and creating transparent and stable operating environments for companies and investors.

The launch of the “Adaa” project demonstrates Kuwait’s dedication to combating corruption, promoting transparency, and fostering accountability within its governmental institutions. Through collaboration with local and international partners, Kuwait aims to establish a model for ethical governance and integrity in the public sector.

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