Before leaving to Doha for the 3rd Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption tomorrow, I would like to quickly share with you the Opinion Editorial of Transparency International’s Chair Huguette Labelle in the International Herald Tribune today.
Transparency, not secrecy, will lead to fair treatment. People who are forced to pay bribes to secure everyday items, such as driving licenses or even jobs, should have recourse to legal protection — as should companies asked for bribes to win contracts.
Stalling the adoption of a review mechanism will send the wrong message to citizens, particularly at a time when trust in governments following the world financial crisis is at an all time low.
Read the complete editorial here.
I’ll be reporting from there over the developments.