ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani assured that the government was committed to eradicate corruption and would strengthen institutional accountability mechanisms and internal controls to fight corruption. In a message on International Anti-Corruption Day falling on December 8, the Prime Minister said the government will extend full support to all anti- corruption practitioners and organizations in their drive against corruption. He said International Anti-Corruption Day reflects a positive effort and firm resolve of the world community to eradicate menace of corruption in all its forms and manifestations. Corruption has been identified as a leading cause of poverty in developing countries, he said adding globalization has transformed corruption into an international phenomenon and the comity of nations, realizing the scourge of corruption has decided to join hands in this fight. The Prime Minister said the globalization of anti-corruption drive under the aegis of the UN is, indeed, a laudable step that will facilitate to control the incidence of corruption in the developing as well as developed world. "We realize that endemic corruption is a major cause of drain on resources that are meant for benefit of the public. The realization is being translated into fully array of reforms in the governance to improve service delivery processes," he added. The Prime Minister said anti-corruption efforts of the government provide a comprehensive roadmap for a clean and corruption free Pakistan. He reminded that the government of Pakistan has always extended full support and cooperation to the world community in its struggle against corruption. It has always participated actively in anti-corruption efforts at national, regional and international levels, he added. Gilani said the government actively participated in the negotiation process of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which has now become a reality.