NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION FORUM LAUNCHES PORTAL IN MOZAMBIQUE

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Mozambique's National Anti-Corruption Forum (FNAC) launched its Internet portal in Maputo on Monday, at a ceremony held on the premises of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The new portal - www.forumanticorrupcao.gov.mz - contains legislation, news, documents, and strategies. The documents, so far, are being presented only in Portuguese, but soon they will be translated into English.

The portal is part of the government's effort to make information available to the public about the activities of the FNAC, and allow an exchange of opinions and information between the members of this body as a means to guarantee transparency and permanent action in the fight against corruption.

Science and Technology Minister Venancio Massingue said that the success of the portal will be measured by its use by the public. The website, he added, "is an instrument for consultation and exchange of experiences, ideas and suggestions on how we can tackle better the corruption phenomenon".

He added that "the government has defined this priority because it acknowledges that corruption is a phenomenon that perpetuates underdevelopment, poverty and social exclusion in our country, and is the main source of the erosion of social justice and the moral fabric of society".

Corruption, Massingue continued, was "the enemy of all Mozambicans", and "tends to promote mistrust towards politics and the politicians, business people, and civil servants. It affects the interest of investors and the involvement of the public in the necessary effort to develop our country".

For his part, Attorney General Joaquim Madeira, who is the deputy chairperson of the Forum, stressed the importance of the portal saying that "words can fly away, but what is written down remains".

The new portal will also allow correspondence between the FNAC members, through a webmail, that will not be accessible by the public at large.

Prime Minister Luisa Diogo chairs the Forum, but she was absent from Maputo - nonetheless, her speech appeared on the website, declaring that "international experience shows that corruption endangers the stability and security of societies, undermines the values of democracy and morality, affects socio-economic and political development, the legality of administrative acts, and reduces the level of confidence in the government and state institutions".

She added that, aware of these negative consequences, "the Mozambican government places the fight against corruption as a constant feature in the Reform of the Public Sector".

(SOURCE: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique)