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New Bribe Payers Index to rank 21 leading exporting countries by propensity of firms to bribe abroad

The BPI 2002 ranks the propensity to bribe of companies and business sectors from 21 exporting countries on the basis of an exclusive survey by Gallup International Association in 15 emerging market economies

The Transparency International Bribe Payers Index 2002, carried out by Gallup International Association (GIA), will be launched in Paris, Hong Kong and Johannesburg on 14 May 2002. The BPI 2002 ranks the propensity to bribe of firms and business sectors from 21 exporting countries on the basis of an exclusive survey by GIA in 15 emerging market economies. The survey was commissioned by Transparency International, the leading international non-governmental organisation engaged in the fight against corruption.

The survey includes questions on the level of corruption by foreign companies of senior public officials, and on perceived changes in the level of bribery, and on the levels and frequency of bribery in different business sectors. Interviewees were also quizzed about their awareness of the 1999 OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, and what measures their companies have put in place in response to the Convention, which outlaws bribery of foreign public officials. In-depth interviews were conducted with private sector leaders resident in 15 emerging market economies, together with interviews with top executives at chartered accountancies, chambers of commerce, national and foreign commercial banks and commercial law firms.

This is the second Bribe Payers Index released by TI. The first, released in October 1999, is available at http://www.transparency.org.


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