Tammuz Organization for Social Development, in partnership with Transparency International and in collaboration with the Federal Integrity Commission, conducted a dialogue session on the mechanisms for combating corruption in the private sector as part of a project to promote business integrity values and anti-corruption practices funded by the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ). The session took place on Thursday, January 25, 2024, in Baghdad.
The session was attended by 25 individuals from civil society organizations, unions, and activists. It featured the presence of Mr. Safa Hussein, representing the Integrity Commission, and Mr. Qassim Al-Obaidi, representing the Department of Citizens’ Affairs in Baghdad Governorate.
The first part of the session discussed the reasons behind the rise of corruption in the private sector and means to limit and reduce its spread. It also addressed the activities of the Integrity Commission, as well as the plans and measures the Commission is undertaking to combat corruption.
Following that, Mr. Qassim Al-Obaidi spoke about the role of the Department of Citizens’ Affairs in the governorate and how complaints are received and handled. He emphasized that the department has addressed many cases and complaints through coordination with all government departments and stressed the importance for citizens to resort to the department to resolve their problems, especially regarding extortion and poor services.
The session concluded with a set of recommendations, including:
– The necessity for citizens to cooperate with relevant entities and report corruption cases.
– The need to develop a national plan to combat corruption.– Strengthening supervision over the private sector and companies to minimize the spread of corruption.