9/12/2009 - OECD countries and the eight others who have signed the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention have committed to stepping up their fight against bribery and corruption.
The 38 countries have agreed to put in place new measures that will reinforce their efforts to prevent, detect and investigate foreign bribery.
These include new provisions for combating small facilitation payments, protecting whistleblowers and improving communication between public officials and law enforcement authorities.
“Foreign bribery remains a major obstacle to the creation of a stronger, cleaner and fairer world economy,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at a Transparency International - USA event to mark International Anti-Corruption Day and the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
“This new Recommendation strengthens the legal framework for fighting bribery and corruption and ensures Parties to the Convention do more than enact laws to implement the Convention. They must put words into action,” Mr Gurría added. “The message we are sending on foreign bribery is clear. The only ones who should pay the price for this crime are its perpetrators.”
“It is not a victimless crime,” said US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke at the event. “It’s not just greasing the wheels of business. It is cheating the people of these countries.”
“The United States fully supports the OECD’s anti-corruption agenda,” said US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a video message to an OECD event in Paris. “We also are encouraging our major trading partners that have not yet acceded to the convention to join our efforts.”