The BAAC national Chapter for Zambia was born out of a series of consultations meetings and workshops conducted starting in 2007 with the various business and public sector stakeholders in Zambia. Following the G8 Business summit in July of 2006, where African leaders identified corruption as a major set back in investment and economic growth, there was general consensus in Zambia that there was need for both the public and private sectors to come together on a common platform with the main aim of tackling corruption in Zambia. The concept of the BAAC therefore presented Zambia with the ideal platform to develop strategies and sharing information on fighting corruption.
Following the initial consultative meetings that were held in from 15-17 December 2008, follow up consultative meetings were conducted in Lusaka Zambia on 23 March 2009 and 4 March 2010 respectively.
Given the excellent reception to the BAAC initiative in initial meetings conducted in 2008, HURIDETSA conducted a follow up BAAC and Codes of Conduct meeting on 23 March 2009 in Lusaka, Zambia. This follow up meeting was held under the auspices of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia, and Zambia Business Forum. The meeting brought together 10 institutions representing both the public and the private sector in Zambia, among them Zambia Business Forum, Transparency International Zambia, and Zambia Institute of Directors.
The meeting was intended to build onto consultations that were held with both the private sector and government in February 2007 and December 2008, which meeting laid the ground for possible consideration for the establishment of a national BAAC programme for Zambia. The meeting highlighted the importance, and endorsed the idea of setting up a BAAC chapter in Zambia with the aim of supporting joint collaboration between government and the private sector in tackling corruption.
The meeting was structured in a way that would allow for the key private sector bodies to provide an overview of some of the on going anti-corruption initiatives and programmes that they have embarked on, with the aim of identifying the successes and gaps and also identifying entry points for the BAAC programme. The meeting also provided an opportunity for sharing of experiences, challenges and best practice.
One of the major outcomes of this follow up meeting was the putting into place a taskforce that will coordinate the setting of BAAC national chapter for Zambia and also the development of codes of conduct for both the private and public sectors in Zambia. It was also agreed that there was need by the taskforce to raise awareness and sensitise both private and public sectors about the BAAC initiative and its benefits in the fight of corruption in Zambia. There was consensus among the stakeholders at this meeting that there was need to develop generic codes of conduct for private and public sectors and also a compliance monitoring mechanism in the form of integrity rating framework once the codes have been put in place.
As a way of preparing for the official launch of the BAAC National Chapter in Zambia a stakeholders meeting was held with the Zambia BAAC steering committee. The meeting was held on 4 March 2010 in Lusaka Zambia. The meeting was attended by representative from the Zambia Business Forum (ZBF) and the Zambia Ant-Corruption Commission.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the logistics and activities leading to the official launch of the BAAC National Chapter in Zambia.
A provisional date (8 April 2010) for the launch was set. The meeting discussed possible guests to be invited to the launch. Tentatively 50 guests were to be invited to the launch. The Zambia Anti-Corruption Commission offered to provide transport to be used during the launch. ZBF was to indentify venue, guest to deliver key note address, posting of adverts on both the electronic and print media.
The 8th of April 2010 was a momentous day for the Business Action Against Corruption Initiative as yet another BAAC national programme was launched in Lusaka, Zambia. The event brought together representatives from the Zambian Government, Private Sector, Professional Associations, Diplomatic Corps and Civil Society. (Please find attached report on the launch)
8 April 2010 | Report of the launch of the BAAC Zambia (PDF - 265KB)