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February 11, 2013

African Officials Establish Anti-Corruption Body

by Manyang David Mayar

Officials from around Africa met in Juba to establish an organization to fight widespread corruption on the continent. 

The African Organization of Public Accounts Committee, AfroPAC, seeks to get African countries to work together to ensure that public funds are properly administered by governments.

"It is only through the ample work that will be carried out by this continental organization that Africa will be able to get rid of corruption on its soil. And that is going to be a very big engine for economic prosperity and development in this continent,” said Kassiano Wadri, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee in Uganda’s parliament and helped spearhead AfroPAC.

The failure by the leaders of many African countries to end corruption has negatively impacted infrastructure development and efforts to combat poverty on the continent, officials at the meeting said.

Membership in AfroPAC will be open to all African states. The organization will be based in Tanzania and is expected to be officially launched in September.