Naomi rails against corruption

East Belfast MP Naomi Long has marked International Anti-Corruption Day at an event designed to highlight the impact of the practice in the developing world.

As part of the day, Naomi was also re-elected as an officer for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Anti-Corruption, a role she took due to her interest in international development, a subject close to her heart.

The event, hosted yesterday (Tuesday) by the Transparency International UK group and the Department for International Development, heard from the Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, who spoke of how the international community can work together to combat the scourge of corruption.

Naomi said work against corruption was taking an increasingly important role.

“As the world becomes a truly global community, international development is a more critical aspect of how we live our lives. We need to support infrastructural, social and economic development, while also ensuring it is used for the benefit of a country’s citizens and not lost through corruption.

“I was pleased to be re-elected as an officer of the APPG, as it compliments my recent backing of the International Development Bill in the House of Commons, a Bill which enshrines in law 0.7 per cent of gross national income for international aid packages. It is vital that aid is safeguarded.

“Today’s meeting heard about the forthcoming National Anti-Corruption Plan, the first strategy document of its kind, which is designed to streamline and co-ordinate anti-corruption infrastructure in the UK. By tackling corruption, we can allow individuals, communities and governments around the world to become more sustainable and self-reliant.”

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