Strengthening cooperation in matters concerning fight against corruption

USAID BiH, HJPC and APIK sign a trilateral MoU on cooperation

Published on: June 18, 2015
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today on the premises of High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council in Sarajevo between the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (HJPC BiH), the Agency for Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption (APIK) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The aim of the signed MoU is to improve coordination and cooperation between the Parties in the fight against corruption.

USAID BiH continues to support the strengthening of the rule of law in BiH. Through its Justice Project USAID is focusing its support on strengthening the prosecutorial capacities in the prosecution of corruption. Today's signing of the MoU was an opportunity to once again draw attention to the threat posed by corruption if allowed to grow unchecked. In this regard, the Director of USAID’s Mission to BiH David Barth stated that: "The Spread of Corruption hinders private investment, reduces economic activity and increases the cost of doing business, which in turn deepens poverty and leads even to political instability. In addition, corruption allows gaining of privileged position, and strengthening of extremism. Numerous studies indicate that corruption leads to extremism and nationalism since by nature it protects the few and their interests at the expense of many."

In their address, President of HJPC Milan Tegeltija and Director of APIK Sead Lisak unequivocally expressed their personal commitment and that of the institutions they represent to fight corruption. This unified stance underscored the increasing cooperation between these institutions at the highest level. Both supported the signing of the MoU as an effective framework for improving the fight against corruption and for allowing a more efficient use of resources.

Implementation of the MoU is expected to take place in the coming period through joint activities. USAID’s Justice Project initiated the preparation of a Diagnostic Assessment of possible sources of corruption in the judiciary and it is expected that significant cooperation between the Justice Project, the HJPC and APIK will be achieved in this activity as it is expected that local institutions will take the lead in terms of the implementation of the conclusions and results from the Diagnostic Assessment.