December 10, 2009

Canada Marks International Anti-Corruption Day

December 9th is International Anti-Corruption Day: Your “NO” counts!

Here's a news article from Canada News Center:

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today marked International Anti-Corruption Day, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Convention on Combating Corruption of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

“Today, on International Anti-Corruption Day, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, an invaluable tool to combat international corruption,” said Minister Cannon. “Since ratifying the Convention, we have made significant progress in our efforts to eliminate bribery of foreign public officials. Given the complexity of investigating international business transactions, the RCMP has established two seven-person international anti-corruption units, based in Ottawa and Calgary.”

Ten years ago, some companies considered bribes and tax deductions for paying bribes to be a normal part of doing business. Today, in the 38 Convention signatory countries, the practice is illegal. [Read full article]

You've got to give it to Canadians when it comes to fighting against corruption.

While December 9 is celebrated as International Anti-Corruption Day, traditional politicians in the Philippines on the other hand is celebrating corruption everyday.