Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting opens in Moscow
Opening the Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting (ACWG) Dmitry Feoktistov, the Co-Chair of the meeting and Deputy Director of the Department on New Challenges and Threats of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted that in accordance with the working group principles the agenda is focused on the consistent discussion of the G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan for 2013-2014. Within the course of the first ACWG meeting the discussion will be organized around four core topics: combating foreign and domestic bribery, international cooperation, cooperation with the private sector and civil society and enhancing transparency and accountability. Moreover, this year Russia has introduced several new proposals for the ACWG agenda. One of the suggestions deals with exploring the positive impact of robust anti-corruption policies on growth.
Barbara Martin, Co-Chair of the ACWG and Director General on the Regional Prosperity and Global Security of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada), noted the importance of the issue of corruption as a factor undermining global economy in many sectors. She reminded that the ACWG had been in operation for the third year and that its work was based on the UN Convention against Corruption and the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials. Therefore, the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) has become the first issue on the ACWG Meeting agenda.
"These Conventions set the legal framework for our work on combating corruption and bribery around the world. We are also doing a considerable amount of work on best practices sharing and improving effective implementation of the measures reinforced by our national governments in order to combat corruption," - Barbara Martin commented.
The results of the ACWG work throughout the year are to be delivered in the form of practical recommendations and analytical materials on anti-corruption policy-making for the forthcoming G20 Leaders' Summit in St.Petersburg.