A Panel Discussion on “Corruption and the Private sector in Ethiopia” inaugurated

Transparency Ethiopian (TE) in collaboration with the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC) launched a panel discussion on the above topic on September 25, 2008 at Ghion Hotel.

As part of the project entitled “Deepening knowledge on Corruption via panel discussion” the panel discussion was conducted with the following objectives among others:

1. To discussion and raise public awareness on some private business where corruption prevails;
2. To facilitate the exchange of in formation and expertise on issues of corruption and the private sector;
3. To encourage/urge the private sector, government offices and stakeholders stream line corruption in their programs and activities
4. To identify corrupt practices and discuss on institutional and legal gaps that could affect the proper implementation of activities in the private sector;

The panel discussion was opened by Ato Addissu meagistu, Deputy Commissioner of FEACC.

In his opening speech at the panel discussion, Ato Addisu Mengistu said that the anti-corruption movement in Ethiopia could meet its goal when there is strong partnership among the different segments of the society.

The Deputy Commissioner said that business entities should understand the negative impact of corruption and should have the commitment to fight it. He said the fight against corruption could be demonstrated by avoiding corrupt practices and dealing with working procedures that are prone to corruption offences. He further added that the business community is expected to play an active role in the fight against corruption for they are more susceptible to the practices of corruption.

The deputy commissioner noted that such panel discussion is of paramount importance for it allows discussions among participants of the panel discussion and in identifying procedural and legal gaps in the private sector so as to come up with durable solutions to the problem.

Four papers were presented by Dr. Getachew Demeke, Ato Medihin Kiros, Dr. Yayehyrad Asnake and Ato Eyasu Yimer. The panel discussion was chaired by Dr. Assefa Admassie, Director of Policy Research in the Ethiopian Economic Association.

Following the presentations, there were question and answer session where participants posed different questions and forwarded their suggestions as well.

The participants of the panel discussion included notable personality, public Servants, scholars and academicians, the private sector, representatives from NGOs and the media. Expense of the panel discussion was covered by TE obtained from the financial support of the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Norwegian Church Aid - Ethiopia.