Azerbaijani Finance Ministry discusses fight against corruption
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 3 / Trend N.Ismayilova /
A recent Azerbaijani Finance Ministry board meeting devoted to the results of 2010 and tasks for 2011 discussed measures to combat corruption, the ministry said.
The board meeting was held this week.
Baku hosted an extended meeting of the Anti-Corruption Commission on Jan. 27 upon President Ilham Aliyev's instructions. The meeting discussed work to combat corruption in the country. The relevant government agencies were given orders to increase efficiency to combat corruption.
At the meeting, Finance Minister Samir Sharifov gave a number of state agencies, including the services of state financial, precious metal and stone, and insurance control, as well as the state treasury and ministry departments, specific instructions to prevent corruption.
The meeting noted that to improve the fight against corruption the ministry should promptly consider citizen's appeals related to corruption offenses and improve work on official investigations based on referrals.
Sharifov added that officials holding administrative positions should not permit acts prohibited by law. In accordance with a recent presidential decree, checks should be conducted on the basis of a predetermined plan. During inspections, the presence of representatives of the relevant executive bodies should also be ensured.
"The execution of the ministry's action plan to implement a national strategy to increase transparency and combat corruption should be supervised, work on receiving citizens should improve, and employee professionalism should increase," Sharifov said.
Sharifov noted that an important task for 2011 is to organize activities on the timely and qualitative development of the draft state budget and the consolidated budget for 2012.