The UK Ambassador to Kuwait Mr. Matthew Lodge was invited by the CEF to the first event of the Eminent Speakers Series on November 25, 2015. The event took place as part of the training course on “Strengthening Integrity in the Public and Private Sector” and was moderated by Oussama Kanaan, CEF Director and Nicola Ehlermann, Director of the OECD’s Investment Program for the Middle East and Africa. In her opening remarks, Ehlermann explained that the purpose of the course is to share knowledge on existing anti-corruption legislations and international standards to enhance domestic integrity frameworks in the Arab countries. “We would like to strengthen the capabilities of the participants in designing and reforming institutions that promote integrity and fight corruption in their home countries”, she noted. Kanaan emphasized that there is an intensive collaborative effort between the OECD and the CEF to provide such training to respond to the needs of Arab region.
Ambassador Lodge’s presentation focused on the critical role of good governance in economic development and measures to guard against corruption. He discussed ways in which the private sector could grow and flourish in an environment of good governance and measures to promote public sector integrity.