The Good Governance Forum- Anti-corruption laws - Foundation Office Lebanon
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In light of the unprecedented times in Lebanon, it has been correlated that the high levels of corruption in Lebanon, with the country ranking 149 in 2020, have played a prominent role amongst other factors and topics in leading the country to where it is today with an economic crisis only getting worse, an increasing exchange rate, inflation and unemployment, as well as political instability and security tensions in the country. With the absence of clear transparency, accountability, fairness and more it has become easier for the country to become corrupt and for a ripple effect to be caused. This is where the need to tackle subtopics in Lebanon in order to visualize change comes to light. The Good Governance Forum was initiated by USJ to discuss in every panel a different subtopic. One successful panel after the other has led to more events on different topic with a bigger reach and more interaction.
On the 21st of May, Universite Saint-Joseph in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Lebanon, hosted one of its Good Governance Forums titled “Fighting Corruption: what is stopping the application of the laws?”. During this panel discussion which was broadcasted live on social media platforms, Previous Minister of Justice Ibrahim Najjar, resigned MP Nehmat Frem, judge George Attieh and lawyer Carine Tohme tackled the topic of corruption in Lebanon and what it has led to. All panelists are stakeholders or relevant/informed individuals when it comes to corruption in Lebanon whereby they discussed what needs to take place in Lebanon in order to fight corruption. Panelists discussed first the reality of corruption in Lebanon and how it has become deeply rooted into the society, they discussed what is currently being done to fight corruption if much is being done and what they have been doing to fight corruption individually.
Participation rates were high due to the interest in the topic and engagement as questions kept coming and subtopics were constantly unveiled during the event all being asked via zoom and Facebook.