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Fighting Bribery in Public Procurement in Asia and the Pacific

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Asian-Pacific countries have made significant efforts to address weaknesses in their procurement frameworks and practices. To support these efforts and to assist the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative’s 28 member countries in strengthening their public-procurement mechanisms, the Initiative conducted a Regional Seminar on Fighting Bribery in Public Procurement in November 2007.  This volume compiles the experience that experts from Asian and Pacific countries – as well as beyond the region – shared during the seminar. It is addressed to policy makers and experts who wish to learn from other countries’ experiences in strengthening frameworks to protect public procurement from bribery and corruption risks.

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Chapter 5 - Role and responsibility of suppliers in preventing bribery in public procurement

Procurement reform has long been perceived as an exercise for governments, not businesses. However, bribery can only occur if there is supply of bribes. Effective measures against bribery therefore need to address both the supply and the demand sides with equal emphasis. Today, many businesses that supply goods and services to governments and bid for public contracts understand their role and responsibility in curbing bribery in public procurement. Ethical management is increasingly seen as an indispensible element of a business policy.

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