The fight against corruption is one of the most important challenges facing the international community. This is not only a moral battle. It is also a stride for business efficiency, the effectiveness of the public administration, and ultimately for growth and development, said OECD Secretary-General.
The economic crisis that started in 2007 gave rise to a crisis of legitimacy and a widespread collapse of trust in markets, in firms, and in the governance of our economies. We need to build up that trust again and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention are essential tools for fighting bribery and promoting responsible corporate behaviour.
We have made some incredible progress from a time when bribes were considered just part of doing business and companies could claim them back as a tax deduction. But there is still a long way to go. One of our main challenges is ensuring enforcement, said OECD Secretary-General.
Combating bribery and corruption has become a top global priority, and it is central to our mission. We need to enhance our anti-corruption efforts, strengthen their coherence and improve cooperation with other important actors, like the legal profession practitioners, said Angel Gurría.
Mr. Gurría welcomed the G20's strong political will to fight against corruption and underlined the OECD's anti-corruption global standards on bribery, public procurement, export credits, aid and tax heavens.
Celebrating International Anti-Corruption Day and the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention, Angel Gurría talks about the international fight against foreign bribery and the OECD's efforts to highlight its devastating impact.
The economic crisis has generated an urgent need to restore confidence in our future and make the world economy stronger, cleaner and fairer. There is growing political consensus on the need to develop a set of common principles and standards in order to ensure a more stable and sustainable development of the global economy, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
Latin America has a major role to play in building a new international financial and economic system, since it has accumulated substantial experience in managing financial crises and recovery programs, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
El papel de América Latina en la construcción de un nuevo sistema financiero y económico internacional tiene que ser relevante. La experiencia acumulada en la gestión de crisis financieras y programas de recuperación en la región es importante, según el Secretario general de la OCDE.
Mr. Gurría underlined that business ethics should be at the center of any new road-map for the global economy. Markets should not only be more stable, but morally acceptable as well. He said that it is time to reunite ethics and economics through a solid, transparent and updated set of rules.