“No economy is immune from corruption, nor can any economy combat it alone.”
“The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission remains a model within APEC on prosecuting high-level corruption cases, including within the police and security agencies, and demonstrating to us all that no official is above the law,” David M. Luna, U.S. Director for Anticrime Programs at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said recently in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“The APEC Anticorruption and Transparency Working Group must continue to support . . . [the efforts of] all of our economies’ anticorruption authorities to eradicate corruption, safeguard integrity and public trust, and restore people’s faith in government as a steward of equality and justice.”
APEC Leaders have recognized the Anticorruption and Transparency Working Group’s program in the 2012 Vladivostok Declaration on Fighting Corruption. The leaders emphasized their commitment to investigate and prosecute corruption; to enforce domestic bribery laws and laws criminalizing the bribery of foreign public officials; and to fight money laundering and deny safe haven to assets illicitly acquired by individuals engaged in corruption.
In addition, they vowed to combat illicit trade by attacking the financial underpinnings of transnational criminal organizations and illicit networks. They will strip criminal entrepreneurs and corrupt officials of their illicit wealth; and sever their access to the global financial system.
“Together, we will create a better, more prosperous future by uniting our efforts to combat corruption and support accountability and good governance,” Director Luna said. “We must turn our shared interests into collective action by developing more comprehensive approaches to combating corruption so that we can prosecute corrupt public officials and those who bribe them.”
All the countries in APEC will need to work together in 2013 to achieve the three core objectives outlined in the Anticorruption and Transparency Working Group’s five-year strategy: minimize impunity and kleptocracy by preventing and prosecuting public corruption; level the playing field for all businesses by fighting foreign bribery; and
shut down the illegal economy and criminalized markets by combating corruption and illicit trade.
“No economy is immune from corruption, nor can any economy combat it alone,” Director Luna said. “In addition to effective governance within our own jurisdictions, we must take collective action to improve governance across borders and reconfigure the way we fight corruption with smarter, more holistic strategies and approaches . . . [which] will lead us towards economic growth and a stronger foundation to build the new markets and investment frontiers of tomorrow.”