NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Interpol said Tuesday it will enhance Kenya’s
capacity to combat the rising levels of corruption in the
Secretariat coordinator for anti-corruption Sebastian Bley told
a regional security forum in Nairobi that corruption is evolving
due to changes in technology as well increased economic growth.
almost always linked with other crimes such as money laundering
and hence need for interagency collaboration in order to combat
it effectively,” Bley said during the Official Opening of 16th
Interpol Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes
and Asset Recovery.
The four-day event
brought together security and anti-corruption officials from
across Africa to review ways of fighting corruption.
Bley said that
Interpol will also provide Kenya with a framework to exchange
information with other nations via secure channels.
He noted that the
proliferation of technology makes it easier to transfer funds
from illicit sources. “In the past people had to rely on moving
solid pieces of gold or silver but now you can use smart phones
to transfer funds to safe havens conveniently,” he said.
noted that those involved in corruption on a large scale always
prefer to keep their funds abroad where it is difficult for
Kenyan authorizes to trace the assets.
official noted that Africa is experiencing an upsurge in
corruption due to economic expansion.
“This has increased
the opportunities for both private and public officials to
engage in corruption to the detriment of the well being of
society,” he said.
Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Halakhe Waqo said that Africa has
now embarked on a trajectory of growth and development, owing
partly to the discovery of rich deposits of natural resources in
many corners of the continent.
“The discovery of
these natural resources should, ideally, enhance the
transformation of the economies of African countries,” Waqo
entrenching integrity in the exploitation of the resources, this
dream will not be realized,” he noted.