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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
MEC, UNCAC, HOO and TAO (EF 2)
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The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring & Evaluation Committee (MEC) has published a news release that provides recommendations aimed at improving the Afghan Government's UNCAC self-assessment. The Afghan government is a signatory to the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and is required to comply with its provisions and conduct a two-phase review of their implementation. In the past (under Karzai) this has been entrusted to the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC). MEC has accused the HOOAC of being deficient in a number of ways - not unsurprising giving Karzai's influence (remember that under Karzai Afghan corruption started at the top) over the HOOAC in the past. MEC is recommending that the new government (under Ghani) conduct a comprehensive review of the UNCAC self-assessment and to designate a more competent agency to oversee the second phase of the self-assessment which is slated to begin this year. Resolute Support Headquarters is striving to ensure that the international community donors have "confidence" in the ability of the Afghan government to be transparent about its activities (where the IC's money is going) as well as the ability of the Afghan government to institute accountability and oversight processes that reduce corruption. Resolute Support HQs is providing Advisors working out of the Essential Function 2 (TAO) group to achieve these objectives. Read the MEC news release, dated Feb 15, 2015.