Anti-Corruption Actions Needed at Cologne G-8 Summit

Finance Ministers Meet this Weekend to Prepare Summit

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat

Most OECD countries have still to ratify anti-bribery convention.

Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation, called today on the G8 Summit to address the issue of corruption. It stressed the importance for the leading finance ministers of the world, at their meeting in Frankfurt this week-end, to lay the ground for a Summit anti-corruption declaration at the Cologne meeting one week later.

Prior Summits have called for an OECD Anti-Corruption Convention. This was ratified in February of this year. Transparency International stated that, while the leading industrialised countries with the exception of Italy and France have fully ratified the Convention, almost 60% of the other signatories have so far failed to do so. The OECD Convention makes it a criminal offence to bribe foreign public officials.

Transparency International called on the G8 Summit to:

Transparency International's Chairman Peter Eigen said that: "Concrete anti-corruption action is imperative if world trade and investment is to be strengthened, if young and fragile democracies in the South and in Eastern Europe are to become secure, and if poverty in the world's poorest countries is to be reduced."

Transparency International, which has national chapters in over 70 countries, called on the Summit leaders to recognize the linkages between curbing corruption, strengthening global commerce, building democracy and reducing poverty.

Status: The OECD Anti-Corruption Convention

Major industrial G8 Summit countries to have ratified the OECD Anti- Corruption Convention include Canada, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The following OECD member countries have not Yet ratified the Convention:

Czech Republic

New Zealand

Slovak Republic

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