October 2010 (#120)

In this update:

  • TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2010
  • The Anti-Corruption Catalyst: Realising the MDGs by 2015
  • Even in Singapore
  • New UK Bribery Act

TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2010

Released on 26 October, the 2010 CPI ranks 178 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. The Corruption Perception Index helps to highlight the propensity of domestic public sector corruption and its damaging influence across the gamut of countries included. Which rank best and worst?

The Anti-Corruption Catalyst: Realising the MDGs by 2015

TI reports that ‘the failure by governments to address corruption is threatening the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)’. TI’s report, demonstrates that increased transparency, accountability and integrity translate into better MDG outcomes on education, health and water. It calls on governments, donors and non-governmental organisations to adopt anti-corruption measures in all their MDG action plans in order to reach the goals in the next five years. Foreign Minister Rudd identifies MDG’s as priorities for Australia?s aid program.

Even in Singapore

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, ‘Singapore(is) reviewing government financial processes in the wake of its worst corruption case in 15 years, involving a senior civil servant with a penchant for Italian supercars. The move follows the arrest of’(the) Deputy Director of Information Technology at the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), for allegedly defrauding the government of almost $Sing12 million ($A9.39 million)’.

New UK Bribery Act

Section 7 of the new UK Bribery Act holds commercial organisations doing business in the United Kingdom criminally liable for failing to prevent bribery on the part of the organisation. Section 7 provides a statutory defence if a commercial organisation can demonstrate that it has implemented adequate bribery prevention procedures. The UK Ministry of Justice has issued draft guidance on what constitutes adequate bribery prevention procedures and is currently accepting public comments regarding their draft guidance: