National Anti-Corruption Pact in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

EthicsSA took recently part in a seminar, on request of his Excellency the Prime Minister of the DRC, the Private Sector Anti-Corruption working group in the DRC and the UK Embassy Kinshasa, to develop  a ‘National Anti-Corruption Pact between the private and the public sector in the DRC’.

The seminar, which took place in Kinshasa on the 6th of December, was preceded by a number of other seminars initiated by the private sector on their own ‘Private Sector Code of Conduct’. This Code was launched in 2011 and the Prime Minister believed that it was now time for the public sector to also show their commitment towards anti-corruption and therefore requested this seminar.

The first part of the day was a formal event, attended by 120 delegates, where once again, the Private Sector Code of Conduct was discussed, but also the UK Bribery Act, and an elaboration from the Ministry of Justice of what they are doing to fight against corruption in the DRC. Prof Willem Landman elaborated on the different forms such an Anti-Corruption Pact could take.

In the afternoon, a smaller working group, consisting of about 40 delegates from the private sector, the public sector and civil society, discussed the content and format of the Pact, under the guidance of Marie-Chantal Kaninda, President of the DRC Anti-Corruption Initiative and Prof Willem Landman.

A Pact was drafted after the workshop and submitted to the Prime Minister of the DRC just before Christmas. Hopefully, he approves the Pact so that implementation can commence.

Sofie Geerts
January 2013