(Paris, 19 November 2013) – In late 2012, the Global Compact Network France – with support from the French Agency for Development (AFD) – established a partnership with Local Networks in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in order to promote the ten principles among companies in the three countries, as well as to enable capacity-building in the two African networks.
On 14-15 November 2013, marking this year-long collaboration, two thematic conferences were convened in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire:
14 November 2013, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – The Côte d’Ivoire Local Network – in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, Transparency Justice, SNGRC (Secretariat National à la gouvernance et au renforcement des capacities), Comité National-MCC, CGECI, APEX-CI, Global Compact Network France, and AFD – organized a multi-stakeholder meeting on anti-corruption and corporate sustainability. The event gathered participants from business, Government, civil society, labour organizations and UN agencies.
During a panel discussion on anti-corruption, panelists took stock of lessons learned from country cases examples, and agreed on the need for establishing coalitions to fight corruption. The creation of an Observatory on corruption and the addition of a ‘’Control of Corruption” indicator on the country scorecards – published by the Millenium Challenge Corporation – were also announced.
15 November 2013, Accra, Ghana – Representatives from business, civil society, labour and the media attended workshops on the topics of “Corruption in the Supply Chain” and “Health and Safety: Moving from Rhetoric to Action.” Participants were also given a presentation on the “Progress of AFD regarding CSR” in the country.