New Delhi: In a first, the Central Vigilance Commission has been chosen to lead a global task force to promote international cooperation in enforcement and prevention of corruption offences.
The objectives of the task force is to facilitate exchange of information about anti-corruption organisations, systems, procedures and practices.
It will also promote international cooperation in enforcement and prevention, define best practices and develop benchmarks and new approaches to tackle corruption in its various manifestations and assist in capacity building of anti-corruption authorities (ACAs), officials said.
The decision to assign the role of heading the task force to CVC was taken recently by the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), an independent, non-political anti-corruption organisation.
Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar had in April proposed creation of the task force and expressed interest in leading it during an executive committee meeting of IAACA in Tanzania which was attended by chiefs of anti-corruption watchdogs from various nations including India.
As per the proposal, the body aims at encouraging continuous cooperation between ACAs on issues of mutual concern, promoting best practice studies, research and data analysis consistent with diversity and sovereignty considerations, facilitating sharing of key practices and lessons learnt from individual members or regions and facilitating timely communication among IAACA members.