Prime Minister Philemon Yang yesterday chaired the steering committee meeting of the anti-corruption project.
Members of the "Change Habits-Oppose Corruption Project" (CHOC) Cameroon, development partners and anti-corruption institutions yesterday, September 23 during the second steering committee meeting of the project, discussed strategies and major actions to be taken to accelerate the fight against corruption and promote the culture of integrity in the country. Prime Minister Philemon Yang presided at the steering committee meeting of CHOC Cameroon. It is a project approved in 2007, whose implementation effectively started in March 2008 with the primary goal to contribute towards a significant reduction of corruption in Cameroon through support to the implementation of projects contained in the anti-corruption policy.
Talking to the press after the meeting, the Coordinator of the CHOC Cameroon Project at the Prime Minister's Office, Abba Sadou, said the Cameroon government signed a convention with development partners to have their contribution to the fight against corruption in the country. The convention within the CHOC project has four main outputs which include the elaboration and implementation of the national anti-corruption policy, implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption which Cameroon ratified in 2006. The two remaining outputs state that the anti-corruption institutions are independent, operational and budgeted and finally that the civil society, including the private sector, is strengthened and capable of playing an effective role in the fight against corruption. Mr Abba Sadou said the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has an intensive collaboration programme with experts. Anti-corruption units in ministries, he further stated, will be restructured and officials trained with the assistance of development partners not only in fighting against corruption but also in promoting a culture of integrity. For the private sector, he said the project intends to build the capacity of officials of organisations such as Transparency International, Cameroon.
The UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Cameroon, Thierry Mertens, told the press that government and development partners during the second steering committee meeting of CHOC Cameroon agreed to extend the project for the next two years in order to have the possibility to measure the results obtained. He said development partners will support the civil society organisations involved in the anti-corruption crusade "to ensure that we increase the culture of integrity" and further stated that "the fight against corruption is important but the civil society can effectively contribute to generate the culture of integrity".