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Minister of Justice highlights effort to fight corruption

The Angolan Minister of Justice highlighted this Monday, in Luanda, that the country is committed to the prevention, repression and fight against corruption, highlighting the training of 30 technicians and bailiffs, with support from Portugal and the European Union.

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Francisco Queiroz was speaking at the opening of the first phase of the course taking place within the scope of PACED - Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in PALOP (African Portuguese Speaking Countries) and Timor-Leste (PALOP-TL), which has European Union financial support and co-financing and management of Camões - Cooperation and Language Institute.

The official stressed that the confirmation that Angola intends to fight corruption, through preventive measures to penalize and enforce the law and strengthen international cooperation, is expressed in a presidential order that created the working group to carry out studies and elaborate proposals and mechanisms for implementing the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in the Legal System.

In order to face the circulation restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic, the trainees will receive the knowledge of trainers in Lisbon, in digital format, being technical and official beneficiaries of the provinces of Luanda, Huambo, Huíla, Cuanza Norte and Benguela .

According to the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, the production of a training manual, which will be the basis for future national training, under the tutelage of coordinating trainers, will take place in Angola, it is the phase that follows after the assessment and consolidation of knowledge, also to be developed in national territory.

In turn, the Portuguese ambassador to Angola, Pedro Pessoa and Costa, stressed that the realization of this training activity is only possible thanks to the cooperation between multiple entities, namely the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Angola, through the National Institute of Judicial Studies, of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal, through the Training Center of the Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice, as well as the Supreme Court and the Attorney General's Office.

Pedro Pessoa e Costa stressed the importance of this training at a time when Angola approved its new Penal Code, replacing the centenary document of 1886, highlighting the importance of the joint production of training materials that will take place in the second phase of this course and that will be also taught online.

"PACED has, in fact, known how to consolidate itself as a present partner, which although it does a silent work, sometimes too silent, is recognized by all partners in different countries and has been producing important results, namely in Angola, in line with the national effort to consolidate the rule of law, through the adoption of measures to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, "he said.

The representative of the European Union in Angola, Jeannette Seppen, referred that strengthening the training in these areas of the beneficiary countries was one of the tasks that PACED took on and that the management team has been working with a lot of dedication and competence.

Jeannette Seppen said that for Angola in particular, PACED has been involving the main key actors in these matters, namely the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, the courts, the Public Ministry, the National Bank of Angola and the Information Unit Finance, as well as the Criminal Investigation Services of the Ministry of Interior.

The representative of the European Union in Angola stressed that, at a time when these issues were particularly up-to-date, in particular corruption and money laundering, assumed by national entities as political priorities, these activities are expected to contribute to significantly improve the situation in these areas.