| 25 May 2024, Saturday |

President Aoun Aoun: Digital transformation is an obligatory path to fighting corruption

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, asserted the importance of implementing the digital transformation strategy, especially as it is the obligatory passage to combat corruption and enhance transparency. The President also emphasized the necessity of activating the principle of accountability and eliminating the scourge of mediation and violations, “Which prevents citizens from passing through regular forces to reach their rights”.

The President had received State Minister for Administrative Development, Najla Riachi, today at Baabda Palace.

During the meeting, President Aoun expressed his full support for the ministry’s efforts, and considered that the implementation of this strategy will transfer Lebanon to the modern state to which the Lebanese citizen aspires. “This will restore confidence in the state, and will restore the confidence of the international community in Lebanon and the confidence of investors in the state” President Aoun said.

“I was honored to meet His Excellency, President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun. I presented the most important achievements that have been accomplished since I assumed my duties in the Ministry of State for Administrative Development until now, and the plans and projects that we are currently working to approve and implement, most notably the fight against corruption, digital transformation, and the development and advancement of the public sector.

Regarding combating corruption, which is at the core of the powers of the Ministry of State for Administrative Development and in light of recent developments, His Excellency the President, has set out the publication of the first annual report for the implementation of the national anti-corruption strategy, as well as the appointment of the head and members of the National Anti-Corruption Authority and coordination with its head to hold a contract its first meeting. The meeting addressed the challenges facing the implementation of the national anti-corruption strategy and ways to confront these challenges.

I felt the President’s full support for the efforts of our ministry in this regard and his insistence on taking what is necessary to reach the three objectives of the strategy: enhancing transparency, activating accountability, and preventing impunity.

Concerning digital transformation, which is a core issue for Lebanon due to its importance in preventing corruption, enhancing transparency, developing management, improving public services for citizens, stimulating the economy, creating job opportunities, and strengthening the link between the Lebanese economy and the global economy, the President was briefed on the plan of the Ministry of State for Administrative Development.

This plan aims at developing and approving a comprehensive national strategy for digital transformation that contributes to restoring the citizen’s confidence in the state by providing electronic services with full transparency to improve the investment and business environment and enable the state to coordinate and network between electronic and digital servers and platforms. This enhances transparency and establishes the rules of governance in the management of the ICT sector.

On the issue of public sector development and support, His Excellency was briefed on the role of our ministry in this context, as work is currently concentrated on negotiating with Lebanon’s international partners and the United Nations organizations to provide work requirements for public sector employees, especially in terms of supporting the provision of necessary and required electronic equipment and tools for advancement in this sector, working in parallel between supporting public employees and activating accountability, to reach effective governance of the government sector”.

  • NNA