The Alliance for Integrity has been launched in Ghana in presence of over 70 representatives of civil society and private sector organisations, as well as public sector institutions involved in the field of compliance and anti-corruption. The event was opened by Dr. Nicole Maldonado, Head of Development Cooperation, German Embassy in Ghana, followed by an impulse by Moses Agyemang, Senior Economist at the Private Enterprise Federation.
The keynote address was delivered by the Minister of State in charge of Private Sector Development, Abdul-Rashid Pelpuo, with a call for businesses to embrace integrity to ensure their growth and the development of the business environment. In disclosing the need for stakeholders to support the initiative, Mr. Pelpuo was emphatic that “corruption does not only increase inequality amongst society but it also creates unfair competition and distorts markets”, adding that “in many societies, corruption has achieved a state of equilibrium that cannot be changed by individual actors easily. This is why I welcome the Alliance for Integrity as a multi-stakeholder collective action initiative”.
Other speakers at the event, which was held under the theme “Ensuring Collective Action to Foster Integrity in the Private Sector”, included Siegfried Leffler, Country Director of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, and Linda Ofori-Kwafo, Alliance for Integrity Advisory Group Chairperson in Ghana and Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative.
The event also witnessed insightful breakout workshops centred on compliance and integrity and were facilitated by leading professionals including Christian Müller, Global Compliance Officer, SAP SE (Germany) and member of the Alliance for Integrity’s Steering Committee; Eric Victor Appiah, Director of Benchmarking, Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Procurement Authority, and Wilson Atta-Krofah, Past President Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CEO of Wileb Mining Supplies.