I, Leshele Thoahlane - The SAFAC Chair for the period of October 2012 – November 2013, On behalf of all SAFAC country members, I take this opportunity to welcome you to this ‘SAFAC Website’.
The Southern African Forum Against Corruption (SAFAC) was born out of a resolution of policy makers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), after a roundtable meeting in 2002 on the need to create a network of anti-corruption agencies, which would be a regional body for the purposes of mutual cooperation in combating corruption, economic crime and other related offences.
The overarching goal of the SAFAC in the first phase of its programming was to influence regional policy development in the area of governance. The SADC Protocol is now in force and there is an implementation plan in place that was adopted by SADC on 22nd April 2004, in Tanzania.
I am happy to announce that we have finalised the preparation of SAFAC STRATEGIC PLAN for the five years (2013 – 2017). So the focus for the next five year phase (2013 – 2017) shall be to support the implementation of the SADC Regional Anti-Corruption Programme (SRACP), a framework which provides for the implementation of the SADC Protocol by SADC countries.
The implementation of the SRACP was scheduled to commence in 2005, but has since lagged behind, pending the establishment of the SADC Anti-Corruption Committee (SACC), whose main role shall be to oversee the implementation of the SRACP.
The theme of this year is “Towards building the capacity for effective fight against corruption in SADC region” As the SAFAC Chair, I urge all SAFAC Member States, Development Partners and all stakeholders in the fight against corruption to render the necessary support and assistance to ensure the success of SAFAC.
It is my hope that this website will give you all the important information needed about SAFAC.