On 26th January 2016, Public servants and Public sector members discussed on Public-private collaboration to prevent corruption. The discussions were made in a half day workshop jointly organized by the Office of the Ombudsman , the Switzerland-based Basel Institute on governance and the Private Sector Federation.
In her opening remarks, Mrs. Cyanzayire Aloysie, the Ombudsman stated that corruption cannot be successfully fought when efforts are not joint. " Private-public collaboration is necessary so that the fight against corruption can be possible" she added
Participants of the workshop following the presentation
"There is another better way of doing business, another choice which is building a system where corruption has no place. What is needed, is to stand together, to act collectively against corrupt civil servants". said Ombudsman
"Suppliers tend to bribe procurement officers so that they can win tenders and the cycle goes on. We need to establish strict measures, in terms of discussions and sensitization to fight the vice,” said Antoine Manzi Rutayisire Director of Capacity Building and Entrepreneurship promotion at the Private Sector Federation when addressing journalists shortly after the opening of the workshop.
“Public-private collaboration in fighting corruption is very important. They need to work together to solve the issues. You need to have companies that are willing to stand up and say, ‘we don’t want to give bribes anymore’ and promote the culture of integrity,” said Gemma Aiolfi, the head of corporate governance, compliance and collective action, Basel Institute on governance
Gemma added that, “It takes two to effect a bribe, somebody to pay and somebody to take it, somebody to ask for it and somebody to receive it. Pointing the finger and blaming the other side is not an option. Everybody has to take responsibility.”
The Office of the Ombudsman is committed to fight against corruption in public procurement through the collaboration of private sector federation.