Regional Conference of the OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme
Lima, Peru - 17-18 September 2015
Peru hosted the regional conference of the OECD’s Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme in Lima on 17-18 September. The Conference covered a range of corruption-related topics, including the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, other international anti-corruption standards, the role of civil society and the private sector in fighting corruption, corporate liability for foreign bribery, asset recovery and confiscation, and enforcement issues. The Conference audience included a range of attendees from across the public and private sectors and civil society. Speakers included representatives from the United Nations, the Organisation of American States, Transparency International, the Basel Institute on Governance, a number of Working Group on Bribery members (including the UK, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina) and the Peruvian government.
The OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme strengthens implementation and enforcement of international and regional anti-corruption conventions and promotes integrity in the Latin American region.
Building on this, in 2007 the OECD and the OAS signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a framework for co-operation on anti-corruption efforts. This agreement supports the common objectives of state modernisation, preventing and fighting corruption, and fostering implementation of the 1996 Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (IACAC or OAS Convention), and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
The five Latin American Parties to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico—form a bridge between the OECD and other countries and organisations in the region and help carry out the Programme’s objectives.
The OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme is a platform for dialogue on the fight against bribery of foreign public officials among Parties to the OECD, OAS and UN Conventions. It involves representatives from a wide range of ministries, government agencies and non-government organisations in Latin America. The Programme provides an opportunity to share with Latin American countries best practices that emerged in the framework of the Working Group on Bribery. In return, the experience of the Latin American countries enriches the policy debate in the OECD.
The Programme also seeks to develop a dialogue and collaboration with the business community: The work on legal issues linked to the implementation of the Convention complements activities focused on the prevention of corruption in international transactions and the adoption of internal prevention mechanisms in companies.
The OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme features periodic meetings hosted by the Latin American Parties to the OECD Convention—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico—with support from the OAS and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The activities mix broad awareness-raising events and technical workshops and involve experts from the OECD Secretariat and members of the Working Group on Bribery.
For more information about the OECD-Latin America Anti-Corruption Programme, please contact Ms. Leah Ambler, Anti-Corruption Division, OECD: firstname.lastname@example.org.