17 May 2017
RIYADH: A code of conduct and ethics for public service was inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) in collaboration with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA
) at the King Salman Center.
The participants also discussed ways to contribute to activating the code and applying its provisions.
Deputy Minister of Civil Service Abdullah Al-Malfi said the code is a product of King Salman Program for Development of Human Resources in the government sector.
Al-Malfi lauded the role played by the IPA and Nazaha in preparing this code whose contents reflect the concern of the leadership, led by King Salman.
Bandar Abalkhail, vice chairman of Nazaha, said in a speech that the Saudi leadership “spares no effort to support and protect integrity and fight corruption.” The code of conduct and ethics for public service is a cornerstone of ensuring integrity among government employees, he added. “It aims to establish ethical standards, and to strengthen the confidence of citizens and recipients of public services in governmental institutions. It also clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the employee, and frames the relationship between employees and customers,” he said.
“This leads to the spread of professional values and ethical principles, and the need to adhere to them, thereby protecting the principles of integrity, transparency and sense of responsibility.”
Abalkhail said the code is in line with the UN Convention Against Corruption, which stresses the major role played by work codes in the fight against corruption, and the importance of member states establishing codes of conduct and ethics to ensure public servants properly carry out the work entrusted to them.
Subjects discussed at the meeting included “Introduction to the code of conduct and ethics of public service,” “Consequences of the breach of obligations contained in the code,” and “Best practices to implement the code.”
IPA Director General Mushabab Al-Qahtani said the meeting aims to shed light on the code of conduct and ethics in public office, a project proposed by the Ministry of Civil Service that underwent many amendments before being finally approved by the Council of Ministers.