President John Dramani Mahama has left Accra for London today Wednesday to join other world leaders at an Anti-Corruption Summit organised and scheduled for Thursday by the UK Government.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron had said on Sunday that the Anti-corruption Summit is aimed at making the issue of corruption a global priority.
The prime minister wants those attending the Thursday’s day-long summit to sign the “first ever declaration against corruption” that would acknowledge the damage it causes and commit them to tackling it.
“For too long there has been a taboo about tackling this issue head on. The summit will change that. Together we will push the fight against corruption to the top of the international agenda where it belongs,” Cameron said.
The Summit is also important to Ghana as it will facilitate the country’s anti-corruption agenda as contained in the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (2015-2024) and other commitments under the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
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The summon coincidentally comes at this time President Mahama has been traveling across the country in furtherance of his transparency agenda to account to the people of Ghana.
President Mahama before leaving Accra said that “the London Summit provides an opportunity to demonstrate once again the measures we have been adopting to strengthen our fight against corruption, combat money laundering and counter the financing of terrorism.”
While in London, President Mahama will meet with his Co-Chair of the UN Eminent Persons Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He will also host an ‘Accounting to the People’ Forum for Ghanaians living in the UK on Friday.
Other African leaders to be present at the summit include the presidents of Afghanistan, Colombia and Nigeria – Ashraf Ghani, Juan Manuel Santos, and Muhammadu Buhari respectively.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, and the head of advocacy group Transparency International, Jose Ugaz, are also expected be present at the meeting.
The summit will also address corruption in sport, with representatives of sports committees, believed to include football governing bodies FIFA and UEFA to be in attendance.