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Prosecutor General's Office shares experience of fight against corruption amid COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, 09 December 2020

Deputy Prosecutor General of Belarus Dmitry Gora has taken part in an online seminar on anti-corruption cooperation in fight against COVID-19 and the restoration of economies of the Belt and Road initiative's partner states.

During the seminar the official presented the national experience of counteracting corruption while overcoming consequences of the pandemic, BelTA has learned.

The seminar was organized by the National Supervisory Commission of the People's Republic of China.

Dmitry Gora noted that while fighting against corruption Belarus observes such fundamental principles as the transparency of actions and decisions of government agencies, the effectiveness of control and oversight procedures in this field, the inevitability of prosecution for violating anti-corruption requirements. The observance of these principles does not depend on any special circumstances, including the spread of COVID-19.

The official stressed that the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) and the United Nations Organization follow the same model. He noted Belarus fully shares these approaches of the respected international organizations in the fight against corruption.

Dmitry Gora said that a set of additional measures had been implemented in Belarus since the onset of the pandemic in order to remove causes and conditions conducive to corruption and corruption-related risks. Steps were taken to liberalize economic activities, reduce and simplify administrative procedures, perfect oversight routines.

Among the main measures the official mentioned the decision to extend the validity of all kinds of certificates and documents by six months in line with the presidential decree of 25 November 2020, the issuance of the presidential decree on supporting the economy of 24 April 2020, efforts to overcome the pandemic at the national level and the international one.

Dmitry Gora believes it is the international cooperation in the field of law, including interaction between the relevant agencies, that offers a considerable potential and a promising resource for finding effective ways to combat corruption.