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On 12 May, the British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted an Anti-Corruption Summit in London to step up global action to expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was represented by Police Minister Judith Collins.
“We have made a number of commitments which build on the work New Zealand has done in recent years and will help to maintain our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world,” says Ms Collins.
“A key commitment on our part is for New Zealand to nominate a representative to the International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC)”. The aim of the IACCC is to help investigators of corruption work together across multiple jurisdictions. The IACCC will focus on cases of high-level corruption with an international element where cooperation across jurisdictions can add real value.
Six countries agreed to the establishment of an accessible and central database of companies with final convictions for bribery and corruption offences, and ways of sharing information on corrupt bidders across borders. New Zealand was among a group agreeing to explore this process. A New Zealand appointed inquiry into required legislation for Beneficial Ownership Registers is currently supported by TINZ to ensure we maintain our leadership position in the world and honour our international commitments to fight corruption.
This is in line with the Rt Hon John Key's statement in his essay to the Summit—"Prime Minister John Key: New Zealand: a culture of fair play"— that "New Zealand is uniquely placed to protect itself from corruption and to work with its neighbours to combat it in their countries."
He concludes: "As a country, we take great pride in our track record. But we know we must remain committed to ensuring that corruption does not gain a foothold, and open to views on how to prevent it. As a small part of an increasingly connected international community, we must be open to sharing our successes and our failures in order to stamp out corruption for good."
TINZ strongly supports these comments in both spirit and action.
The main Summit documents are a Global Declaration Against Corruption, agreed by all countries present. There are statements by individual countries including New Zealand and by international and regional organisations, setting out concrete actions they will undertake to fight corruption.
The summit was preceded on 11 May by the Tackling Corruption Together conference for leaders in civil society, business and government championing the fight against corruption. The conference was attended by over 400 individuals straining the planned capacity. Ferdinand Balfoort represented TINZ looking to support our efforts to invigorate New Zealand's global role in anti-corruption leadership.
In conjunction with the 11 May conference and 12 May summit, Transparency International UK and a number of partners created the Leaders' Anti-Corruption Manifesto: Why tackling corruption matters. As heads of government gathered in London to discuss next steps in tackling corruption worldwide, world business and civil society leaders told us why they think more needs to be done. Suzanne Snively and Ferdinand Balfoort contributed Shining a light on foreign trusts, guiding our professionals (reproduced in this newsletter) on behalf of TINZ.
An open letter "We need more than words to tackle corruption" was also produced in conjunction with these events.
Dinner after London Summit Guro Slettemark (TI Norway), Chris Moll (TI Netherlands), Denise (Forensic in financial services), Ivo Jongejan (TI UK Communications), Philip Jones (TI UK Communications) and Ferdinand Balfoort (TINZ).