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Nigeria: AfDB institute trains public officials in anti-corruption fight

The African Development Institute of the African Development Bank (AfDB) is set to mark a significant milestone by celebrating the graduation of the inaugural cohort of government officials from its Public Finance Management Academy in Abuja.

The final phase of the executive training course on ‘Enhancing Accountability, Transparency, and Curbing Corruption and Illicit Financial Flows in Africa’, will end today, culminating in the graduation ceremony.

This upcoming event will represent the culmination of an extensive 18-month training program on public finance management. The course, serving as the sixth and final module, specifically caters to mid to senior-level officials hailing from ministries of finance and planning, central banks, and various public financial management institutions across the African continent.

Enrollment in this comprehensive 18-month training initiative includes participants selected from crucial sectors such as anti-corruption agencies, statistical offices, and other pertinent institutions.

The Public Finance Management Academy runs the course in collaboration with experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and other related institutions.

There will also be an opportunity for African public debt managers to help shape the agenda of the network to ensure ownership and commitment to its implementation.

The African Development Bank will also launch its report on the Benchmark Macroeconomic Models for Effective Policy Management in Africa.

As per the African Development Bank (AfDB), a detrimental cycle of fiscal challenges plagues Africa’s public resources, fueled by a lack of accountability, transparency, and the prevalence of corruption and illicit financial flows (IFFs). This cycle results in governments losing crucial revenue to IFFs and corruption, compelling them to resort to borrowing to compensate for the financial gaps.

The AfDB noted that these challenges are primarily the result of fundamental public governance and structural weaknesses in African economies as well as weak programme and project implementation capacity due to a critical skills gap and inadequate tools and weak international cooperation efforts to curb corruption and IFFs.

In response to the challenges of IFFs, money laundering, and terrorist financing, the African Development Bank has developed several policy and strategic instruments, including the Bank’s Policy on the Prevention of IFFs (2017) and the Action Plan for the Prevention of Illicit Financial Flows in Africa (2017-2021), extended to 2023), which prioritise capacity building for African countries and regional economic communities (RECs) to effectively combat IFFs.

Additionally, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has introduced the Strategy for Economic Governance in Africa (SEGA), emphasizing the critical role of aiding countries in their efforts to combat illicit financial flows (IFFs) and address issues related to money laundering.

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