Namibia’s corporate sector doing well in fighting corruption

Windhoek ‑ Namibia has always been committed to promoting ethical behaviour, and preventing and combating corruption in all sectors of the society, according to the country’s corruption watchdog. A recent survey conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) found that private and state-owned enterprises are doing well in terms of combating corruption with almost every organisation having an anti-graft framework in place.

According to the survey launched on September 13, 2013, most private and public entities have implementation and monitoring tools to fight corruption at the workplace.

The survey, conducted through online survey, telephonic interviews and faxing questionnaires, aimed to establish whether any anti-corruption policy frameworks were in existence in Namibia’s organisations.

Ninety-two percent of medium to large enterprises, and 73 percent of small enterprises, have at least some form of policy pertaining to combating corruption, the survey found.

Most of the medium to large enterprises have on average three tools and strategies in place, the report reads.

The survey looks at strategies and tools the private sector and state-owned enterprises use to improve transparency, accountability and risk management as a way of ensuring good governance.

For example, small enterprises have transparent recruitment policies in place.

The report further points out that all enterprises that have anti-corruption framework in place also have risk management procedures in place.

But the great risk is in the receipt of gifts, hospitality and expenses which could affect the outcome of business transactions in the enterprises.

“In the small enterprises, the risk is political contributions made directly and indirectly as way of obtaining advantage in business,” the report reads.

Speaking at the launch of the survey, the ACC director, Paulus Noa, noted that corruption, especially in the form of bribery is a cause of concern in Namibia.

Noa singled out public procurement, saying that some officials in the private sector work in collusion with officials in the public sector to inflate tender quotations and award tenders to these companies.

“It is a known phenomenon that bribery is associated with crimes that have links to capital outflows such as money laundering, fraud, tax evasion and trafficking offices. Thus, if left unchecked, it takes root and becomes hard to uproot,” he said.

Noa appealed to Namibians to work towards a sustainable future by exposing and rejecting corruption.

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