Code of Conduct Bill (GH0008)
Action Plan: Ghana Action Plan 2013-2014
Action Plan Cycle: 2013
Lead Institution: Minister in charge of Government Business, Parliamentary Committee on Legal, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Attorney-General’s Department, CHRAJ.
Support Institution(s): Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII).
Policy AreasAnti-Corruption, Asset Disclosure, Conflicts of Interest, Legislation & Regulation, Public Participation
In 2013 - 2014, Ghana Government commits to make public officers more accountable to the public by encouraging Parliament to effect the speedy passage of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers Bill and initiate action for immediate implementation. Government will introduce arrangements for the verification of assets declared by public officers through the appointment of a public officer of a rank not lower than an appeal court judge to verify assets and liabilities declared by public officers. This will minimize or bring to closure the persistent skepticism about the existing asset declaration regime and inject public confidence into the process. In its present form of assets declaration, without verification, public confidence is low or non-existent. Actions:
• Organize one consultative forum on the status of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers Bill and legal requirements for appointing an Assets Declaration Commissioner
• Passage of the Bill by parliament.
• Government to appoint Assets Verification Commissioner, by 2014.