Profiles: Jordan


Last Updated: April 2011
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SNAPSHOT

In 2005, King Abdullah II directed the government to form an independent commission and draft a law to combat corruption. Accordingly, Jordan Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was established, and a new anti-corruption law went into effect in 2006. The members of the ACC were appointed in March 2007. The law stipulates that the ACC must be financially and administratively independent and conduct its work free from executive interference. The ACC became fully operational in 2008. The ACC developed a National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2008-2012 to combat corruption and pursue its perpetrators.

Does your government have a single or primary anticorruption strategy?

Yes, there is a primary anti-corruption Strategy-- the “National Anti-Corruption Strategy of ACC 2008-2012”).

What are the main anticorruption laws of your country?

Anti-Corruption Commission, Anti-Money Laundering Law, Economic Offenses Law, Audit Bureau Law, Ombudsman Bureau Law and Financial Disclosure Law.

Is there one agency in charge of coordinating AC efforts across agencies?

The Anti-Corruption Commission.

Functions Research,Prevention,Investigation,Accounting,Policy
Permanent Staff 121
Number of prosecutors(if applicable) 4 prosecutors delegated from the High Judicial Council
Number of investigators (if Applicable) 28

Number of cases handled annually

538 complaints-2008 834 complaints-2009 025 complaints -2010

Budget Autonomy Yes
Annual Budget of the Agency 2.900 Million JD (2010)
Per Capital Expenditure US $ 0.63
Expeniture as % of the GDP 0.01%
Are employees protected by law from recrimination or other negative consequences when reporting corruption (i.e. whistle-blowing)? No
Does your country have freedom of information legislation? Yes
Does your country have conflict of interest legislation? Yes
Does your country have a financial disclosure system to help prevent conflicts of interest? Yes
Who appoints the head of your agency? The chairman and board members are appointed by a Royal Decree.
Who has the authority to remove the head of the ACA? The Royal Decree
Is there any term limit for the head of the ACA? Yes , four years renewable for one time.
Does your agency measure performance? No

Full access to Government Yes