Rampant Corruption is a Matter of Choice – Hon. Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Finance, Namibia

…As ALM successfully hosts the African Anti-Corruption Roundtable, Washington DC

Amidst growing calls for renewed efforts from state and non-state actors in the fight against corruption – prompting the African Union, AU, to declare 2018 as the year, for “winning the fight against corruption,” African leaders have been urged to rethink current strategies towards the fight against corruption in the continent.

This charge was contained in the series of presentations made by business and political leaders during the African Anti-Corruption Roundtable, which held at the National Press Club, Washington DC, USA. The event which was organized by African Leadership Magazine, in partnership with Centre for Economic and Leadership Development, CELD, had as its theme: “Corrupt Free Africa-Recipe for Economic Growth & Development”. The Keynote Speaker, Hon. Calle Schlettwein MP, Minister of Finance for the Republic of Namibia, in his remark, maintained that, rampant corruption is a “matter of choice.” He further stated that, “to diminish and deter the rise of corruption, each country has the choice to define its tolerance stance and enforce it within the confines of its laws and checks and balances.”

Continuing, the Mr. Scheltwein, stated that, “Combating corruption encompasses a blend of measures across the mutually reinforcing dimensions of good governance, transparency, accountability and the strength of public institutions. African leaders therefore have diverse opportunities across these dimensions to diminish and deter corruption.”   

The Minister, whose country, Namibia, ranks 5th in the corruption perception index, also spoke about the country’s efforts towards combating corruption.

Also present at this includes: Honorable Sokonte Davies PhD, Executive Director, Marine Operations, Nigerian Port Authority, Monica N. Nashandi, Namibian Ambassador to the United States of America, Mark Marvey, Senior Associate, Heritage Partners & Associates Inc., Liberia, Macaulay Atasie, Chief Executive Officer, Nextzon Business Services, Nigeria, amongst others.

Forum also presented a platform for the business leaders to discuss the effect of corruption to the growth of business and how transparency contributes to sustainable business growth.

Awards were also presented to selected business and political leaders for their contributions towards stemming the tide of corruption and encouraging business transparency.     

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