HE Opening 6AoP 021017 webNational and institutional delegations from all regions of the world gathered yesterday in Sharm El Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt, for the start of the sixth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties.

In his welcome address to delegates, H.E. Mr. Mohammed Erfan, Minister and Chairman of the Administrative Control Authority of the Arab Republic of Egypt, said his country was honoured to host the Assembly. The opening ceremony was preceded by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between IACA and the Administrative Control Authority that sets the framework for further mutual cooperation in preventing and fighting corruption.

“Egypt would like to express its appreciation of IACA’s work in spreading good anti-corruption practices and success stories among Member States, and pledges its cooperation in enhancing support for the organization,” H.E. Mr. Erfan said.

DSC 0012 webThe outgoing President of the Assembly, H.E. Mr. Rafael Grossi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna (GRULAC), then handed over to his successor, H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna (African Group), and wished the new President every success.

“It has been a great honour to serve IACA and the anti-corruption community for the last year. While much has been achieved, more remains to be done. Let’s continue the good work. I know I pass the baton to a safe pair of hands,” H.E. Mr. Grossi concluded.

The three-day session, which runs until 4 October, is discussing IACA’s overall objectives and strategy and deliberating on a range of items including, among others, the organization’s next Work Programme and budget.

IACA will post updates on its website and social media channels, and speeches will be made available for download here.