The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) have signed a cooperation agreement on the implementation of the Common African Position on Asset Recovery (CAPAR).
The chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye signed the cooperation agreement on behalf of the commission while the executive director of CoDA and head of African Union-High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), Souad Aden-Osman, signed for the organisation.
CoDA, which has been chaired by former African presidents, is currently being chaired by former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua said the partnership will enable the two organisations to collaborate and push for the quick recovery of assets stolen from Africa.
She also said Owasanoye, who expressed the commission’s delight in the cooperation agreement, commended the efforts of CoDA in the execution of CAPAR and recovery of stolen assets from Africa.
The ICPC boss stated that African countries had continued to lose huge proportions of their resources through illicit consignment of financial and other assets to foreign jurisdictions, thereby contributing to the underdevelopment of the continent.
Also, Aden-Osman said CoDA was the special initiative of the African Union (AU) to support the implementation of CAPAR, in collaboration with the African Development Bank and other partners, following its adoption by the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government at its 33rd session on 9th February, 2020.
She added that the agency will provide support to ICPC in implementing CAPAR-related activities.