The Anti-Corruption Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Swiss-based governance organization, the Basel Institute on Governance, that will enable the two institutions work together to implement strategies aimed at enhancing the fight against corruption in Zambia.
The MoU, which was signed by the two institutions on Thursday 13th May in a virtual ceremony, will enable the Commission to benefit from the services offered by the Basel Institute in strengthening governance, combating corruption and other financial crimes.
The two institutions will partner in strengthening the Commission’s efforts in identification and recovery of assets obtained through corruption, as well as development of effective strategies in the process of investigation and prosecution of corruption cases. The MoU will also facilitate the obtaining of intelligence and evidence from other jurisdictions by the Commission to support its efforts in investigating corruption, prosecution of offenders, and forfeiture of proceeds of crime through mutual legal assistance.
ACC Acting Director-General Rosemary Nkonde-Khuzwayo signed on behalf of the Commission, while Basel Institute Managing Director Gretta Fenner Zinkernagel signed for the Institute. Speaking during the signing ceremony, the ACC Acting Director-General said the Commission was delighted to partner with the Swiss Institute in enhancing the fight against corruption and related crimes. Mrs. Khuzwayo expressed confidence that the collaboration between the two institutions would result in a stronger and more effective anti-corruption campaign.
Meanwhile, Basel Institute Managing Director Ms. Zinkernagel pledged her institution’s commitment to support the Commission’s efforts in combatting corruption and financial crimes in the country. She said through this partnership, the Commission would benefit from the Institute’s wealth of knowledge on researched and evidence based anti-corruption approaches.
The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent, international non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and combating corruption and other financial crimes and strengthening governance around the world. The Institute supports companies and multi-stakeholder groups with advice on anti-corruption Collective Action initiatives, among other interventions.