01/12/2009 - The OECD will host a high-level roundtable debate entitled “Foreign Bribery: Who Pays the Price?” on Wednesday 9 December 2009, International Anti-Corruption Day.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will open the event via video-link from Washington, D.C. at 2.00 PM Paris time (1.00 PM GMT).
This event is open to the media and will take place in the OECD Conference Centre.
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Attendees include representatives from all 38 State Parties to the Convention and major emerging economies, international organisations, as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society and the media. The agenda is available here.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Peter Eigen, Chairman of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
- Hendrik Bourgeois, General Counsel, Europe, General Electric
- Cameron Kelly, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
- Akere Muna, Vice Chair, Transparency International Board of Directors
- Mark Pieth, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery
- Jean du Rusquec, Advisor to the CEO, Total
- Nuhu Ribadu, Former Chairman of Nigeria’s economic and Financial Crimes Commission
- Jean Monville, Chairman of Guidelines and International Deontology Committee, MEDEF; chairman SPIE
Komla Dumor, host of African Business Report, BBC World News, and presenter of the BBC's The World Today, will chair the roundtable.
Participants will discuss the progress made in the fight against bribery and corruption since the entry into force 10 years ago of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. 38 countries have now signed the Convention, from both developed and emerging economies, and they have sanctioned 135 individuals and companies for foreign bribery. Another 250 cases are currently under investigation.
During the event the OECD will introduce a new Recommendation to strengthen the OECD Convention, together with a new initiative to raise awareness of foreign bribery.
Registration: Journalists are invited to contact Mary Crane, OECD Anti-Corruption Division Communications Officer (tel. +33 1 45 24 97 04).
For more information and the full event programme, see www.oecd.org/corruption/initiative