Pakistan signs convention against corruption
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has signed the UN Convention Against Corruption in Merida, Mexico, according to a message received here on Saturday.
Pakistan is now among the first group of 15 countries to have signed the convention. The Minister of State for Food and Agriculture, Mr Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, signed the convention on the Pakistan government’s behalf.
Speaking on the occasion, he said Pakistan accords high priority to combating corruption, as it believes that eradication of corruption is essential for effective governance and poverty alleviation. He said Pakistan had showed its commitment to combat corruption and actively participated in the talks to finalise the UN convention. He hoped that the convention would help reduce corruption in the world, “particularly the provisions relating to the recovery of assets etc shall go a long way in fighting transnational corruption,” he said. The minister said the recognition of recovery as a fundamental principle of the convention would be fruitful as it responds to the concerns of several developing states. —SANA