AU Advisory Board on Corruption Adopts New Name

ADDIS ABABA – The African Union on Thursday said its Advisory Board on Corruption has changed its name to AU Advisory Board Against Corruption.

The board, an autonomous Organ established within the AU, assumed the new name as per the decision of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government decision during their February 2022 Summit.

The announcement was made at the ongoing AU Advisory Board ‘s 40th Ordinary Session.

The five-day session, which started on Monday, is deliberating on steering the strategic direction of the board to enhance the fight against corruption on the continent.

The board’s discussion focusses on various subjects including increasing Regional Economic Communities’ engagement and reviewing the status of the fight against corruption in Africa through member states’ reports..

It is also expected to deliberate on the amendments to the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.

“We are optimistic that the deliberations of this session will go a long way in impacting positively, the promotion of transparency and integrity on the continent,” said Charity Nchimunya, the Board’s Executive Secretary.

The Board has been playing a key role in promoting and encouraging the adoption of measures and actions by State Parties to the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.

The convention entails measures and actions to prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption and related offenses in Africa.

As of May 2022, some 47 countries have ratified the Convention and are State Parties to it.