: The Minister of State for Administrative Reform presented the draft National anti-corruption strategy to the Council of Ministers and, on the basis of Council of Ministers Decision No. 70 of 4 April 2019, a committee was formed whose task was to update and reformulate the strategy when necessary and to entrust the Ministry of State for Administrative Reform to examine the observations and submit them to the said committee before presenting them to the Council of Ministers. Accordingly, the Ministry has collected observations and held meetings with the Ministries ' working groups to discuss their observations and agree on appropriate amendments in order to bring them to the said committee, which is expected to meet soon.
May 2020: Adoption of the National anti-corruption strategy project:
The project strategy defines the concept of corruption and analyses its causes in Lebanon and defines four main strategic objectives:
Reducing discretionary in the work of the Administration
It also provides the necessary mechanisms and preconditions for the completion of the strategy and presents sixty-three recommendations, thirty-two of which are submitted to the Government in its three executive, legislative and judicial parts, as well as 20 recommendations for independent oversight bodies and 11 supplementary recommendations common to each sector.
The strategy document recommends the adoption of a specific sectoral approach such as the energy, education, health, communications, finance and tender management sectors as a priority, noting that upon completion of their approval, they are to be implemented across all sectors.
The strategy introduces an explanation of the four strategic objectives and the 65 recommendations into a workable and measurable operational plan. It contains 7 major target results by specific output for each.
Building a good society governed by laws and regulations and sponsored by the values of integrity and morality in a democratic, fair and transparent State, which manages the affairs of the country and the investment of its wealth by a rational administrative apparatus, capable of meeting the requirements of development and quality.
The protection of public funds from waste and loss and its use in the implementation of development programs and projects, safeguarding the rights of citizens and enabling them to have access to the best services, well-being and decent lives, by combining the efforts of the three authorities: legislative, executive and judicial, and the participation of all departments, public institutions, municipalities, civil society bodies, the private sector, and the media in various ways.
Reducing discretionary in the work of the Administration
1. Updating and activating the relevant anti-corruption legislation
1.1 إCreating and activating a national anti-corruption national commission
1.2 Developing an effective system of financial disclosure and combating illicit enrichment
1.3 Promoting and protecting corruption detectors
1.4 Developing an effective conflict of interest management system
1.5 Supporting the law of compliance with the right of access to Information Act
1.6 Conducting a periodic review of the completeness and quality of the relevant anti-corruption legislation and its effectiveness
5. Supporting the role of regulatory agencies against corruption
5.1 Modernizing and supporting the central inspection commission
5.2 Developing and supporting the supreme authority for discipline
5.3 Activating the role of the SAI in detecting and responding to acts of corruption
5.4 Supporting the application of the law of the mediator of the republic
5.5 Developing and activating internal auditing
5.6 Strengthening and cooperating to operate the role of regulatory agencies
2. Protecting the integrity of human resources management in the public sector
2.1 Defining roles and responsibilities clearly, and adopting appropriate internal controls for their implementation
2.2 Adhering to standards of transparency and merit in recruitment, compensation and promotion mechanisms
2.3 Establishing an integrated system to promote ethical behaviors in public administration
2.4 Updating and supporting Civil Service Council
6. Enhancing community participation in promoting a culture of integrity
6.1 Raising citizen’s awareness of the effects of corruption
6.2 Supporting investment in emerging generations through education
6.3 Empowering non-State actors to play the role of promoting a culture of integrity
6.4 Developing the capacity of journalists to shed light on corruption cases
6.5 Developing and disseminating a national integrity and corruption index
3. Enhancing the integrity of public tenders and bids
3.1 Supporting tender management to reduce the risk of corruption in the settlements
3.2 Enhancing transparency and accountability in tenders and tenders conducted by the Department of non-bidding
3.3 Developing and approving on a comprehensive legal framework that sponsors public tenders and bids and controls them according to international standards
7. Integrating preventive measures against corruption at the sectoral level
7.1 Enhancing transparency in dealings between public administration and users of public services
7.2 Developing and activating corruption risk management in all ministries and public institutions
7.3 Adopting selected measures to enhance transparency and accountability in priority sectors
4. Supporting the role of the juridical system for anti-corruption
4.1 Supporting the independence and integrity of the judiciary according to international standards
4.2 Enhancing transparency in the administration of courts and subordinate administrations
4.3 Overcoming legal, procedural and technical