Economic and Social Rights

“Anti-Corruption Mechanisms in the Private Sector”

In partnership with Transparency International and in collaboration with the Department of Citizens’ Affairs in Basra Governorate, Tamuz Social Development Organization conducted a dialogue session on anti-corruption mechanisms in the private sector as part of the project to enhance values of business integrity and anti-corruption practices, funded by the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ). The session took place on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, in Basra.

The session was attended by 23 individuals from civil society organizations, unions, activists, and featured Mr. Hakim Al-Mayahi, representing the Office of Citizens’ Affairs in Basra, and Mr. Mortada Kamel, a prominent entrepreneur in Basra.

During the first part of the session, the discussion revolved around the role of the Office of Citizens’ Affairs in following up on complaints, methods of filing complaints, and the plans and procedures implemented by the department. Mr. Hakim Al-Mayahi emphasized the necessity for citizens and emerging project owners to resort to the department to address their issues related to extortion and others.

Then, Mr. Mortada Al-Janabi shared his success story and the challenges faced by companies and projects, providing advice to the present youth on proper project management and overcoming obstacles to success.

The session concluded with a set of recommendations, including:

The necessity of approaching the competent authorities when facing blackmail in all its forms and filing a complaint with the Department of Citizens’ Affairs.

The need for state support to projects legally and financially, as well as monitoring projects and financial obligations of companies.

Activating and strengthening supervision and monitoring of the private sector and companies to reduce the spread of corruption.

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