Curbing Corruption in Public Procurement in Asia and the Pacific


ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative

Corruption in public procurement has become a major issue in the Asia-Pacific region as elsewhere in the world. As a result of corruption, private mansions are being built instead of bridges; swimming pools are dug instead of irrigation systems; funds destined to run hospitals and buy medicines find their way into the pockets of corrupt officials; economic growth is held back; and public trust in government is undermined.
Governments in Asia and the Pacific have recognized the urgent need to fight corruption in public procurement. To identify risk-areas in their public procurement frameworks and to foster reform in this field, member governments of the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific have reviewed the mechanisms and safeguards in place.
This publication presents the findings of the Initiative’s 2005-2006 thematic review on curbing corruption in public procurement. It highlights trends, approaches and achievements across 25 jurisdictions in Asia and the Pacific in a comparative overview that also presents a framework to guide policy development. It also contains reports on individual jurisdictions that provide details on existing policies in national contexts and on key elements of legal and institutional frameworks.
In addition to guide Asia-Pacific governments, policy makers, procurement specialists, public officials, and other experts in their efforts to curb corruption in public procurement, the insights gained from this review could be of interest to the public in general and the business community in particular as both are increasingly expressing demands for unbiased and transparent public procurement processes.


 ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative
ADB/OECD. Manila. 2006.

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At its 11th Steering Group meeting in May 2008, the Initiative's members reported on reforms that were undertaken in this area in light of the thematic review.


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