Article 9 of the UNCAC outlines important methods for state parties to promote transparency and accountability in the management of public finances
Jakarta (ANTARA) - On the first day of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group meeting on Monday, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) asked the private sector to participate in efforts to prevent corruption.

The commission said that audits are an important element of any system to ensure accountability and integrity. The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) also treats audit requirements as a measure for corruption prevention in both the public (seen in Article 9) and private (seen in Article 12) sectors.

"Article 9 of the UNCAC outlines important methods for state parties to promote transparency and accountability in the management of public finances," KPK’s director of anti-corruption, Aminudin, said in a written statement received here on Tuesday.

Furthermore, Article 12 of UNCAC highlights the need for corruption prevention measures involving the private sector by improving accounting and auditing standards on that scope, he added.

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Meanwhile, Tim Steeles, senior advisor, corruption and economic crime branch at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Janos Bertok, deputy director, Public Governance Organization for Economic and Development (OECD), also elaborated some efforts that could be expedited to increase the role of audit for corruption eradication.

More inputs were provided by representatives of the five participating groups, such as the chair of the B20 Task Force on Integrity and Compliance, Haryanto Budiman; co-chair of C20, Aryanto Nugroho; a lecturer of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Indonesia and T20 representative, Riatu Mariatul Qibthiyyah; chair of L20, Elly Rosita; and Endah Rosita from the House of Representatives Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency.

The first ACWG meeting discussed expediting audits as a means to eradicate corruption.

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The topic will also be taken up for discussion on Tuesday, the second day of the meeting, along with several other issues such as public participation and anti-corruption education, reporting accountability, foreign bribery, and partnerships with international organizations.

The Corruption Eradication Commission as an anti-corruption agency in Indonesia is leading the ACWG G20 meeting, as part of Indonesia’s Presidency of the grouping. Indonesia has also partnered with Australia to co-chair the event.

The commission has selected four priority issues that will be discussed at the G20 ACWG meeting—increasing the role of audits for eradicating corruption, public participation, anti-corruption education, supervision of 'professional enablers' in money laundering crimes (TPPU), and corruption in the renewable energy sector.

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