President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially launched the evaluation of Ghana's maiden National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), urging unity and collaboration from stakeholders to bolster the fight against corruption.
The President emphasized the need for collective efforts from the public, private, and civil society sectors to ensure good governance, transparency, and accountability.
NACAP, a ten-year strategic plan adopted in 2012, is a coordinated policy document aimed at combating corruption in Ghana. Structured around four thematic areas, the plan focuses on building capacity, institutionalizing efficiency, engaging individuals and organizations, and conducting effective investigations and prosecutions.
The evaluation report, set to be completed by June 2024, will inform the second phase of NACAP, addressing the need for adjustments based on its contributions to reducing corruption in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo highlighted the shared responsibility in the fight against corruption, stating, “Fighting corruption is a shared responsibility. This is why we must all see the evaluation of the maiden NACAP and the development of NACAPII as the responsibility of all stakeholders in this nation, citizens and non-citizens alike.”
The evaluation will be led by a team of experts, supported by international evaluators from the UNODC, ensuring adherence to global best practices. President Akufo-Addo expressed optimism that a high-quality evaluation would promote accountability and integrity.
Mr. Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Presidency and Chairman of the NACAP High-Level Implementation Committee, emphasized the importance of the evaluation in concretizing anti-corruption measures and preparing for the second phase of NACAP.
Mr. Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, and Vice Chairman of the NACAP High-level Implementation Committee, stressed the vital role NACAP has played in strengthening Ghana's commitment to transparency, accountability, and integrity.
Quayson urged active participation in the evaluation, emphasizing that NACAP II should not only be a continuation but an opportunity to consolidate gains and commitment in the fight against corruption. He called for a commitment to continuous improvement to pave the way for a more transformative NACAP II.