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27 Apr 2015

Belarusian Interior Ministry, UNDP to cooperate to fight corruption

MINSK, 27 April (BelTA) – The Belarusian Interior Ministry and the UNDP intend to cooperate at the project level to fight corruption. The relevant matters were discussed as Belarusian Interior Minister Igor Shunevich met with a delegation of the UN/UNDP representative office in Belarus, representatives of the Ministry told BelTA.

Igor Shunevich spoke highly of cooperation with the UNDP and expressed interest in stepping up this interaction, expansion of project activities, and the implementation of joint programs of international technical aid. In turn, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative Sanaka Samarasinha mentioned fight against corruption as one of the potential avenues of joint project activities in the Republic of Belarus. The Belarus President Administration, the Office of the Prosecutor General, and the Tax and Duties Ministry expressed interest in implementing a project in this area, said the source.

The Belarusian Interior Minister suggested working out methods to calculate corruption risks as part of the project taking into account international experience because there are no relevant methods in Belarus for now.

During the meeting the sides also discussed some matters concerning the implementation of the joint project for rendering international technical aid for the sake of counteracting slave trade. The sides also discussed the possibility of establishing a 24/7 rehabilitation center for slave trade victims. Non-governmental organizations are supposed to run the center with assistance of the state.

The sides also talked over cooperation in the sphere of forced migration, in particular, jobs and legal aid for citizens of Ukraine, who are coming to Belarus. “Together with representatives of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Belarus we intend to arrange field missions: we intend to meet with the migrants and learn more about their situation,” noted Sanaka Samarasinha. In turn, Igor Shunevich assured that the Belarusian Interior Ministry was ready to provide assistance. “Forced migration is a particularly topical matter for us. About 80,000 Ukrainians have been registered in Belarus. Since some of them have left the country the actual figure is close to 60,000 people,” said the Minister. “As far as employment is concerned, there are jobs in every region and the employers are interested in workers.”

At the end of the meeting the sides discussed further actions concerning opioid substitution therapy, joint measures to counteract domestic violence, and the prevention of children’s traumas in traffic accidents, in particular, within the framework of the third UN Global Road Safety Week.

 

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