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24/January/2020   Politics

John MacGregor: We will need to build society where corruption is unacceptable

TASHKENT, January 24. /“Dunyo” IA/. OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan John MacGregor, who attended the event where the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed the Oliy Majlis sat down with “Dunyo” Information Agency correspondent to share key moments in the speech.

As the President started off with the recognition of the monitors, I was very pleased to hear that he recognized the contribution of the OSCE. We [OSCE including ODHIR] had the largest observer mission – with over 300 people – that the OSCE has ever conducted in Uzbekistan.

Moreover, over 800 observers across the world participating in the elections is a very substantial number. I think the point is that everybody who observed the elections had a common mission: help Uzbekistan in its future development.

Besides, I would like to welcome President’s comment that everybody who enters the court house should feel that there is justice happening in there. These are very strong words in support of justice and rule of law. Indeed, as he pointed out, if we don’t have justice and rule of law, we won’t have a good economy, ultimately, you can’t help the nation in living a sustainable life.

He mentioned that the reforms above all are intended for people. Every family in Uzbekistan should feel them. But there is another element that ran through all the themes – active engagement at all levels, starting with leadership.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev called for getting away of old styles of management. This, I believe, is interlinked with a range of different aspects. For instance, a culture of accepting new ideas, culture of leading change, encouraging innovation and dynamic leadership, getting out and talking to people to receive feedback from them and using the parliamentarians to give information back to people.

Finally, I would like to reiterate one of the key things the President – that OSCE is really working across the globe – is combating corruption. He mentioned that it [corruption], indeed, stops business, hinders governance and ruins society. All of us – every person in the country, including myself and OSCE – should think how we can stop corruption and we need the society where we don’t accept it anymore.

We will continue working closely with the government in running a number of projects in this area to see how specific parts of corruption can be stopped with the help of OSCE.

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