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Sierra Leone: High score on corruption index

Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer was released on 9 July. It included information on 95 countries, including 23 African countries. In the section ‘Percentage of people who report having paid a bribe to one of eight...

Liberia: Anti-corruption court

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has renewed calls for a fast-track court on corruption. Speaking during the dedication of projects undertaken for independence celebrations on 26 July, she said that the three branches of government – executive,...

US court backs API transparency challenge

As momentum builds behind transparency regulations in much of the world, a US court has backed a challenge by big oil companies and ordered revisions to new regulations issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 
The US District...

G8 backs transparency agenda

Leaders of the Group of Eight wealthiest countries gave their backing to the growing global transparency agenda at a summit in Northern Ireland on 17-18 June. The Lough Erne declaration pledged a ten-point plan covering a range of issues that...

Ethiopia: Private sector corruption law

The Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC) is drafting a new regulation that will enable it to investigate corruption claims involving the private sector, according to a late May report on Ethiopian news site

South Africa: Public service anti-corruption bureau

Contained in the Public Administration Management Bill published for comment on 31 May was a proposal for an Anti-Corruption Bureau. The bureau, which would tackle public sector corruption, has the backing of public service and administration...

Kuwait: Anti-corruption authority

The government has approved the formation of Kuwait’s first anti- corruption authority, according to state news agency Kuna. On 3 June, Kuna said the cabinet had met and approved a draft decree to establish the authority, which will be chaired by...

S&P downgrade adds to SNC-Lavalin’s woes

Canada’s troubled SNC-Lavalin has been hit with a Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgrade as the ratings agency warned of the risk of weaker profit in the wake of corruption scandals surrounding the firm’s operations in Libya, Algeria, Tunisia...

Saudi Arabia: SFO denies it is dropping GPT investigation

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has played down reports it is poised to drop an investigation into allegations of bribery made against EADS subsidiary GPT Special Project Management related to contracts in Saudi Arabia. On 25 April,...

Qatar: Woqod is latest firm to be named in Algerian enquiries

With Algeria mired in new allegations of corruption surrounding state energy company Sonatrach, links to companies in the Gulf as well as in Italy, Canada, Switzerland and other jurisdictions are coming under scrutiny. The latest firm to be...


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