ICPC Emphasizes Digital Technology to Combat Corruption at AFCFTA

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has underscored the importance of digital technology in curbing corruption.

Mr Usman Maaruf, Technical Assistant to the ICPC Chairman on ICT, highlighted this during a panel session at the National Action Committee on the African Continental Free Trade Area (NAC-AFCFTA) programme held in Lagos recently.

Speaking at the event titled “Preparedness for AFCFTA Digital Trade Protocol”, Mr. Maaruf emphasized the need for digitalization as it will reduce the potential of face-to-face transactions to mitigate instances of corruption.

He said, “Digital technology could enhance the efficiency of government agencies and facilitate secure transactions, thereby minimizing loopholes for corrupt practices”.

Mr Olusegun Awolowo, the Executive Secretary of the National Action Committee on AFCFTA, in his welcome address, stressed the significance of embracing digital trade for Nigeria’s economic prosperity, expressing optimism that leveraging digital platforms would not only foster business growth but also serve as a beacon of hope for all Nigerians.

The National Action Committee on AFCFTA, a pivotal body for Nigeria’s economic development, plays a crucial role in maximizing trade and investment opportunities in Africa. Its efforts are aimed at positioning Nigeria to capitalize on the benefits offered by the AFCFTA.

The event, attended by government agencies, media representatives, legal experts and digital marketers, highlighted the imperative of embracing digital solutions to foster transparency and efficiency in trade transactions, ultimately combating corruption and fostering economic growth.