Transparency International Founder & Former German Minister Discuss Anti-Corruption Efforts

2023-05-12 16:12:38

Ulaanbaatar, May 12, 2023 /MONTSAME/. On May 11, 2023, Chairman of the State Great Khural of Mongolia G. Zandanshatar hosted a meeting with Mrs. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, the former Minister of Justice of Germany, and P. Aigen, the Founder of "Transparency International". During the meeting, Mrs. Däubler-Gmelin and Mr. Aigen expressed their pleasure in meeting with the Speaker again and acknowledged the efforts made by the State Great Khural and the Government of Mongolia in combating corruption in the past. They also pledged their readiness to offer any support and assistance from Transparency International's headquarters in Ulaanbaatar and Berlin.

In response, Speaker G. Zandanshatar expressed his gratitude for their willingness to help and wished Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin and Mr. Peter Aigen to enjoy their visit in Mongolia. He also shared that the ongoing spring session of the State Great Khural of Mongolia would focus on legal reform against corruption. Mentioning the Comprehensive Partnership relations between Mongolia and the Federal Republic of Germany, the Speaker highlighted the approval of the Law on Inspection by the State Great Khural of Mongolia, which established legal norms for public hearings and parliamentary investigations.

During the meeting, the parties discussed various issues, including the legal regulation of supervision in the parliaments of Mongolia and Germany, parliamentary academic and research services, and other topics of mutual interest. Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin presented the Research section in the Bundestag as playing a crucial role in supporting the German Parliament in making informed decisions. The research section’s primary goal is to provide scientifically backed answers to every question asked by a member of the Bundestag."

According to Mr. Peter Aigen, the Founder of Transparency International, the organization produces a vast array of analyses, studies, and conclusions on the request of the Bundestag. Instead of attributing blame for individual corruption cases, they focus on conducting systemic research to identify and address all potential theoretical and practical avenues for corruption within a country's larger framework. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of CARE Germany, which supports humanitarian and development programs.

Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin who formerly served as the Chair of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Committee of the German Parliament, played a leading role in the development of German criminal legislation during her time as Minister of Justice in 2002. Later, as a parliamentarian, she conducted a campaign to raise awareness and promote effective implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at the parliamentary level.