28 April 2011

Member states of the G20 and the OECD are meeting in Paris this week.  Under the French Presidency of the G20, the focus is on the OECD anti corruption plan developed in 2010, and implementation processes that can be strengthened through public-private partnerships.

The nine key points  of the anti corruption plan are to ensure Members;

  • Ratify UNCAC
  • Enact and enforce anti bribery measures
  • Prevent corrupt officials laundering corrupt proceeds
  • Prevent corrupt officials being able to travel abroad
  • Cooperate in extradition, mutual assistance and asset recovery
  • Support recovery of corrupt proceeds stowed abroad
  • Protect whistleblowers
  • Strengthen anti corruption agencies
  • Promote integrity, transparency and accountability in the public sector.

New Zealand remains one of the few developed countries that have not ratified UNCAC although we are party to the OECD convention against the bribery of foreign officials.

New Zealand has some way to go to implement all the measures in the anti corruption plan.  However it is among the leaders in promoting public sector integrity, transparency and accountability. Within the OECD only Denmark on the most recent Worldwide Governance Indicators is rated more highly for the control of corruption than New Zealand (100% cv 99.5%).