The Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) celebrations was adopted in 2014 to precede the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) that falls on December 9 annually.
The ACT celebration, which usually witnesses a myriad of activities, is channeled to promote the participation of society and reflect the principles of the rule of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability is under the leadership of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
In an interview with the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Mr. Richard Quayson, he explained that Ghana adopted the week leading to the IACD 9th December celebration of International Anti-Corruption Day because Ghana is State Party to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) which informed the decision to join the international anti-corruption community to celebrate the IACD following the ratification of the UNCAC in 2007.
According to Mr. Richard Quayson 2nd and 9th of December, 2019 has been fixed to commemorate the five (5) years of implementation of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) week. This year’s celebration coincide with the implementation of the short and medium terms activities under the NACAP.
The fifth year celebration is under the theme “NACAP: Mobilizing National Efforts and Resources to Combat Corruption Five Years On” will bring together stakeholders from government, public and private sectors, academia, media, and the general public.
Mr. Quayson stated that the ACT week would create a platform to assess the NACAP in the five year of its implementation and reinforce commitment(s) by implementing partners in the remaining five years of NACAP.
He further stated that it is important that Ghana reflect on the successes and challenges in the implementation of NACAP and to also reinforce the ever-pressing need for making corruption a high risk and low risk gain venture in Ghana. He added that the weeklong celebration would create the needed public awareness on the dangers of corrupt practices.
The ACT Week would further advocate for sustained inter-agency collaboration and partnership as well as the need to adequately resource anti-corruption agencies.