African Anti-Corruption forum (AACF)،resumes on Thursday its activities for the 2nd day in Sharm El-Sheikh city، under the auspices of Egypt’s President، Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi urged on Wednesday African states to intensify joint efforts for fighting corruption، saying corruption is depleting the economies of African countries.
Sisi's remarks came during an opening session of the two-day African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF) held in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.
The Egyptian president stressed that fighting corruption in Africa needs united and coordinated efforts among African states in the political، legislative، judicial and regulatory fields.
"Egypt has gone a long way in recent years in the field of fighting corruption with all its forms and it attached importance to conducting researches، studies and polls to find the reasons of corruption،" Sisi told the attendees at the forum.
The first AACF is held in Egypt while the country is the current one-year president of the African Union.
Sisi emphasized the necessity for deepening international cooperation with key partners of Africa to achieve the desired goals in this regard.
"We have a fixed belief that fighting corruption and changing the status of our continent will not be achieved except through rallying efforts، crystalizing a joint vision and enhancing coordinated African mechanisms to limit corruption on all axes،" he said.
Saudi Arabia، the United Arab Emirates، Jordan and Kuwait are guests of honour in the AACF.
The two-day conference aims at encouraging African countries to adopt policies، programmes and work plans that contribute to the eradication of corruption and to establish a knowledge linkage base between different regions of the continent on the risks of corruption and its severe negative effect on development.