THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Namibia’s Director General, Paulus Noa, has noted that despite what some may think, cases of corruption involving specifically Chinese citizens in Namibia are in fact on the decline.
Noa made these remarks during a courtesy visit by the secretary of the Jiangxi Provincial Commission for Disciplinary Inspection of Communist Party of China (CPC), a body that performs similar functions as the ACC in China.
The Jiangxi Provincial Commission for Disciplinary Inspection Secretary, Sun Xinyang, stated that his delegation made a visit to the ACC for two reasons, namely to exchange ideas regarding curbing corruption in both China and Namibia and to investigate China Jiangxi Investments and infrastructure projects in Namibia.
In his remarks to the Secretary of the Chinese Disciplinary Inspection commission, Noa noted that corrupt practices committed by Chinese are on the decline because more and more Chinese nationals residing in Namibia are learning about Namibia’s laws and it’s zero tolerance for corruption.
Noa added that firm warnings from the Chinese Embassy against criminal and corrupt practices have also deterred these activities.
He, however, stated that China should do more in making their nationals more available for testimony in court and handing over information which may be requested in court as it is difficult for prosecutors to get evidence to bring criminals to book.
The Chinese delegation said that it receives information about such cases, however, there is usually no letter sent from Namibia’s Attorney General to have the Chinese citizens in court, which results in poor cooperation.
The delegation further stated that China has successfully traced 60% of its international Chinese fugitives and thus aspires for better cooperation in this regard with Namibia.
Noa reverberated these sentiments, stating that corruption is a cross-border problem and the visit by the Chinese Disciplinary Commission gives both authorities an opportunity to share their experiences and challenges, while at the same time renewing their commitment to working together in the areas of anti-corruption and criminal investigations.
“ACC has a lot to learn from Chinese authorities in your programs relating to prevention. Working together will help us better understand the systems of justice in China,” Noa concluded.