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H.E. President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani and EU Ambassador, H.E. Pierre Mayaudon opened the conference. The panel discussion addressed anti-corruption narratives and realities; the importance of integrity for the peace negotiations; and zero tolerance against corruption as a condition for sustainable peace.
All speakers emphasised that Afghanistan is now at a pivotal moment in the ongoing peace efforts and addressing issues such as anti-corruption must be made part of the engagement. Corruption prevention and enforcement of good governance are additional elements leading to better transparency and longevity of peace.
The participants reminded that introducing integrity provisions in legislation will not be enough to promote lasting peace and stability unless these provisions are put in practice and well implemented. Working to develop professional civil service, transparent decision making process and high public administration standards were among some of the elements that were mentioned as necessary tools for increasing accountability to the general public and leading towards the end of conflict in Afghanistan.