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Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority launches a digital platform to report administrative and financial violations

To achieve the highest standards of transparency and to enhance the competitiveness of the Emirate and in line with leading governance practices

Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority launches a digital platform to report administrative and financial violations 

Abu Dhabi, 9 December 2019 In line with the directives of the wise leadership of the UAE to achieve the highest standards of transparency, and to support the implementation  of leading governance practices in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority (ADAA) announced today the launch of the digital Violation Reporting Platform that will enable the reporting of suspicions of financial and administrative violations across government entities. This platform will enhance the Capital’s competitiveness and further establish investor confidence in its attractive business environment.

The selection of the International Anti-Corruption Day to launch the new platform is in this context another testament to ADAA’s commitment to support the objectives of the Government of Abu Dhabi to strengthen public administration activities , and to continuously seek to develop and evolve transparency standards. 

The platform is available to businesses and individuals through a link prominently and visibly displayed on the websites of the government entities subject to the implementation thus far; these entities receive the cases reported that are then promptly forwarded to a dedicated team in the concerned department or government entity who would examine these cases, assess their relevance, and consequently follow a due course of action to ensure that the appropriate and necessary administrative and legal actions, as applicable, are undertaken. Additionally, the teams within these government entities will assess the prevailing internal procedures and controls to identify the gaps, if any, and recommend the controls to prevent future recurrences. 

ADAA will monitor financial and administrative violations, and ensure that they are addressed and acted upon by the authorized party within the department or government entity, and in line with approved policies. The cases will be handled with the utmost confidentiality to preserve the anonymity of the complainant, noting that it is possible to submit the cases in both Arabic and English.

H.E. Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of ADAA, stated that the platform is an additional tool that reiterates the Abu Dhabi Government’s commitment to enhance transparency, accountability and integrity in the use of government resources to serve the Emirate.

H.E. Al Suwaidi also added: “The launch of the new platform which was developed after thorough benchmarks and analyses of global leading practices in terms of cases reported, will provide an efficient and integrated system that will expedite the process of handling and managing these cases quickly and efficiently, and will support the definition of the necessary means to prevent the recurrence of similar actions in the future.”

H.E. added: “This initiative enhances the role of the stakeholders of government entities and encourages the community and the public at large to help monitor and report any suspicions of financial or administrative violations, whether related to the employees of those entities or its practices, in adherence with ADAA’s commitment to adopt best practices in governance and transparency, thus contributing to a competitive business framework that would increase investor confidence and society as a whole.”

Currently, 17 government entities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi have implemented the digital Violation Reporting Platform that enables the reporting of suspicions of financial and administrative violations.

With the establishment of this platform, the Government of Abu Dhabi provides an additional channel to enhance governance, in concurrence with other channels, namely Abu Dhabi Executive Council’s Complaints and Grievances Committee, which ensures the highest standards of transparency and integrity in government work, and contributes to providing an attractive and flexible competitive business structure.

The government entities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that have already implemented the platform are the Department of Economic Development, Department of Education and Knowledge, Department of Finance, Department of Culture and Tourism, Department of Health, Department of Energy, Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Al Ain Region Municipality, Al Dhafrah Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Human Resources Authority, Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Zoo, and Statistics Centre Abu Dha