Justice Minister: fight against corruption requires a partnership of government and business


ST. PETERSBURG, November 2. /Corr. Yulia Andreeva, Roman Podervyansky/. For a more effective fight against corruption requires the proper interaction of government and business. This was stated by Minister of justice Alexander Konovalov, Chairman of the 6th session of the Conference of the States parties to the UN Convention against corruption (Cor), opened in St. Petersburg.

“The priority topic is the development of cooperation between the state and business in prevention of corruption, – said Konovalov. – We support a permanent dialogue between the public and private sectors (on this issue). It is imperative to develop a strategy and practical mechanisms of partnership of state and business in preventing corruption”.

According to Konovalov, this approach does not detract from other aspects of the fight against corruption. “We advocated for a comprehensive strengthening of the Convention regime, he stressed. We look forward to discussing various aspects of the traditional problem of corruption. I hope that the work of expert sites also will promote the success of the conference.”

“The most important question about running in 2016 for the second review (implementation Convention) for the chapters of the second and fifth measures of corruption prevention measures and asset recovery, – said Konovalov. – I hope that the States will manage to agree on all contentious issues, and the conference will result in a balanced decision about the launch of the next review”.

The world’s largest anti-corruption conference will continue in St. Petersburg on 6 November. Russia at the session presented by the head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov, who heads the Presidium of the presidential Council on combating corruption, Minister of justice Alexander Konovalov, who leads the organizing Committee in St. Petersburg, representatives of relevant agencies responsible for combating corruption. The head of the Russian interagency delegation at the session of the Deputy foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov.

The Convention against corruption was approved by the UN General Assembly on 31 October 2003 and entered into force on 14 December 2005, has been ratified by 177 States. Russia signed the document was one of the first in December 2003, ratified on 8 March 2006. The Convention, which is the first global instrument, legally binding, provides for measures to prevent corruption, punish the guilty, but also mechanisms of international cooperation in combating it.