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EASTERN EUROPEAN AND CENTRAL ASIAN COUNTRIES GATHER IN TBILISI TO STEP UP THEIR FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

Senior government officials, non-governmental and business groups from almost 30 countries met on 25-27 June 2008 in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the 7th General Meeting of the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN) to step up their fight against corruption.

 

During the 7th General Meeting the delegates will discuss how to enhance their anti-corruption work in the following areas:

 

International organizations together with country delegates will talk about the added value of anti-corruption conventions and their monitoring mechanisms to support countries’ efforts.

 

Law-enforcement officials from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland, the USA and other countries will discuss challenges in investigating and prosecuting complex and high level corruption cases.

 

Government officials from Estonia, Lithuania, France, Romania, the USA and other countries will examine effective tools to prevent conflict of interests in public administration.

 

Politicians, journalists and NGOs from several countries will debate how to strengthen support of citizens to anti-corruption reforms.

 

For the first time business associations and private firms from the OECD and ACN countries will discuss ways to promote business integrity and fight corruption in the region.

 

The meeting will provide its participants with knowledge about the best and worst practices in the fight against corruption in the region. It is also expected that the delegates from the former Soviet states will agree to continue the monitoring programme under the ACN Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan, which provides peer pressure for the governments to reinforce their anti-corruption reforms.

 

The meeting is hosted by the Government of Georgia, and is organized by the OECD together with the OSCE, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Georgia (ABA/ROL Initiative) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

For more information, please contact: anti-corruption.contact@oecd.org.

 

The Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACN) was established in October 1998. The ACN includes transition economies in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as OECD member states. International organizations, multilateral development banks (MDBs), donor agencies, civil society and business associations also participate in its activities. The Secretariat of the ACN is based at the OECD. The ACN web site www.oecd.org/corruption/acn provides regularly updated information about its activities.

 

The main objectives of the ACN is to support its members in their fight against corruption by providing a regional forum for the promotion of anti-corruption activities, exchange of information, elaboration of best practices and donor coordination. The ACN operates through sub-regional initiatives, thematic activities and general meetings.