Fighting Corruption: Afghanistan and Indonesia Formalise Cooperation

Jakarta, Indonesia – Today, Afghanistan and Indonesia formalised future cooperation in the field of anti-corruption. The three-day meeting between the Afghan Independent Joint Anti-Corruption and Evaluation Committee (MEC) and the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) ended today. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) coordinated the visit with partners from Indonesia and Germany.

The event marked the first step to formalise ongoing peer-to-peer cooperation between Afghanistan and Indonesia – MEC and KPK. Previously, both organisations had met to discuss technical capacities and negotiate the future commitment’s conditions.

KPK’s Commissioner, Mr Saut Situmorang, commented: "Cooperation between our organisations flourishes well. It is great to work with our colleagues from MEC, who are committed to fighting corruption. We look forward to strengthen cooperation by sharing and exchanging our knowledge."

During the meeting, MEC reflected on its progress since it last visited Indonesia. Recently, the committee produced numerous high-quality reports and vulnerability to corruption assessments on Afghan ministries. MEC’s work was partly based on shared knowledge from their Indonesian colleagues.

The meeting entailed a comprehensive agenda. In various sessions, MEC and KPK had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and further increase their capacities. International anti-corruption experts from Transparency International provided input throughout all activities.

MEC’s Acting Executive Director, Mr Cheirollah Sarag, emphasised: "KPK and MEC have a lot in common. Therefore, we want to continue learning from each other, also in other areas of anti-corruption. Cooperation also means friendship and paves the way towards peace." Follow-ups and a commonly agreed roadmap will follow soon.

The Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2009, the project has been financing the deployment of expertise in Afghan institutions and training their staff to build capacities and facilitate the implementation of reforms in line with good governance criteria. Among other activities, the project has been organising professional or job-specific trainings for 130 employees working at state institutions so far, including courses on finance, data analysis and corruption assessment. At the same time, the project has been supporting the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption and Evaluation Committee (MEC) in producing eight reports on state institutions’ vulnerability to corruption.

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