President of Africa Parliamentarians Network against
Corruption (APNAC), Louis G. VLAVONOU, has urged members of the Network to remain focus on the fight against the corruption menace despite global challenges affecting the continent.
According to him, corruption remained the worse enemy of Africa progress and MPs who signed onto the network should not be distracted despite issues impeding their work in their respective countries.
Hon Louis G. VLAVONOU who is also the Speaker of Parliament of Benin, made the call in his 2023 new year message to the members of APNAC.
He said the network had made some progress in its recent activities and therefore should not be distracted by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine fight after surviving the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is Full Statement
SEASON’S GREETINGS MESSAGE FROM THE APNAC PRESIDENT
Dear Colleagues Board Members of the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC);
Dear Colleagues and members of APNAC National Chapters;
Dear Friends, dear Partners, Ladies, and Gentlemen;
A few days before the New Year, I am particularly happy to extend to you all including your beloved ones, my compliments for the season.
As we all know, 2022 has been very difficult for everyone. Indeed, just when we thought we were recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and swiftly returning to normalcy, the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia broke out and deeply affected the economies of most of the countries on our continent already weakened by the health crisis. To deal with these unforeseen exogenous shocks and to deal with the most urgent matters, some governments have sometimes been forced to resort to uncommon procedures and methods, which have required us to be more vigilant in monitoring government action.
But this year has also been marked by an important turning point in the life of our Association. Indeed, we had the opportunity to meet in a Biennial General Meeting in Cotonou, Benin, to reflect on the challenges facing our institution and to establish a roadmap to bring it out of its lethargy and drive it towards new progress. We are therefore on the right track, and we must remain relentless in our fight against corruption. I would like to take this opportunity to thank, once again, all those who participate, selflessly and with great dedication, in the expansion of our Network.
Ladies and Gentlemen
The challenges that await us in the coming year are numerous. We must capitalize on the momentum gained in Cotonou by determinedly implementing the resolutions we adopted during the Biennial General Meeting to better reposition our
Network despite the financial difficulties it is experiencing. I am thinking in particular of the resumption of the regular statutory meetings of the Board to effectively move forward since we have clearly understood the extent of the threat posed to the development of the countries on our continent by corruption.
We will also mobilize partners at all levels to establish a basis for concerted and sustainable actions to mark our presence on the ground and get closer to the people on the ground, rotting victims directly or indirectly victims of the harmful and devastating effects of corruption.
It is therefore with great enthusiasm, and as much hope and expectation, that I send you and all your loved ones my best wishes for health, prosperity, success, and renewed strength in the fight against corruption because all hands are needed!
Happy New Year 2023 to everyone!
Louis G. VLAVONOU
African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC)
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