The White House Office of the Press Secretary
Sea Island, Georgia
June 10, 2004
Fighting Corruption/Improving Transparency
Last year in Evian we committed ourselves to act together, and with developing country partners and the international
community, to fight corruption and improve transparency. We will do still more to help cut away the burden of corruption on
economic growth. What follows is a report on follow-up to the commitments we made in Evian.
Country-led Transparency Compacts Launched
G-8 governments are working with a number of developing countries with a view toward building voluntary partnerships to
assist their efforts to increase transparency and thereby to use public resources wisely. These efforts will focus on
transparency in public budgets, including revenues and expenditures, government procurement, the letting of public
concessions and the granting of licenses. Special emphasis will be given to cooperation with countries with large extractive
industries sectors. These partnerships will be put in place through voluntary compacts that lay out commitments on both sides
in support of country-owned strategies and in full complementarity with ongoing initiatives and programs.
* The Governments of Georgia, Nicaragua, Nigeria and Peru have come forward with the first such compacts to achieve
these important goals. Other interested countries are actively pursuing compacts. We task our relevant ministries to develop
in partnership with these countries implementation plans.
* Partner governments have specified, in concrete terms, what they intend to do to bring greater transparency and
accountability to the management of public resources.
* Participating G-8 countries will support them by providing bilateral technical assistance and political support. With each
compact partner, participants will develop action plans that set forth our joint efforts to achieve measurable improvements in
* Participating G-8 governments will work with partner countries to enlist the support and engagement of private
companies, organizations and civil society, as well as international institutions.
* For partner countries rich in oil, natural gas, and mineral resources, the compacts will pay particular attention to the
transparency of revenue flows and payments in these sectors, while protecting the necessary confidentiality of business
operations. Our shared goal is to help combat the harmful effects on development when national resources and revenues are
misused. Complementary efforts to promote transparency are also taken forward by countries participating in the
Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative.
UN Convention Against Corruption Agreed
G-8 governments met their Evian goal of seeing conclusion of the UN Convention Against Corruption, which establishes high
international standards of public integrity, transparency and accountability, and facilitates the recovery of illicitly acquired
assets that have been transferred abroad. To ensure that this important new international agreement is implemented
effectively, we will:
* Remain committed to become parties to the Convention and call for rapid signature and completion of all necessary steps
to ratify and implement the Convention, and support the convening in Vienna of a multilateral "Friends of the Convention"
process for promoting active and effective implementation.
* We are committed to translating the words of this Convention into effective actions and assisting third countries,
particularly developing countries, in accomplishing the objectives of the Convention.
* We welcome the agreement of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers on recovering proceeds of corruption.
* We support our Ministers' determination to detect, recover and return these illicitly acquired assets, including by:
o establishing G-8 accelerated response teams;
o enhancing G-8 asset recovery case coordination; and
o holding G-8 asset recovery workshops.
* To meet these goals, we will ensure that:
o each of our countries has rules in place by Summer 2005, where possible, to require due diligence for "politically
exposed persons" accounts;
o each of our countries has rules in place, preferably by 12/31/04, to require wire transfer originator information;
o we create G-8 best practices for modalities of disposition and return; and
o we explore effective measures to recover assets in corruption cases.
Denying Safe Haven to Officials Guilty of Corruption
We reaffirm our commitment at Evian to seek in accordance with national laws to deny safe haven to public officials guilty
of corruption, by denying them entry, when appropriate. We will direct our experts to examine and improve efforts to
achieve this objective and review progress at our next Summit.
Public Financial Management and Accountability Strengthened
We welcome the real progress to strengthen public financial management and accountability programs in the International
Financial Institutions (IFIs). The IMF agreed to publish its program documents and surveillance reports effective July
The Inter-American Development Bank also agreed on an improved disclosure policy. We will encourage countries to meet the
high disclosure and transparency standards set by the IFIs and to:
* Achieve agreement on full disclosure of the World Bank International Development Association's (IDA) Country Policy
and Institutional Assessment results, with disclosure to start with the 2005 ratings;
* Seek full disclosure of performance evaluations in the regional development banks;
* Maintain solid G-8 support for mandatory publication of country assistance strategies at the World Bank and the Asian
Development Bank this year, and at other regional banks in the future.
* Encourage IMF members to complete and publish IMF reports/diagnostics that examine each country's budget
procedures to determine the level of transparency and accountability;
* Support the efforts of the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) program at the World Bank to help
developing countries achieve accountability in public finance and expenditure and to extend harmonized approaches to the
assessment and reform of their public financial and accountability systems; procurement should follow a strong, parallel
track to ensure that it is not subsumed or marginalized by the streamlining; and
* Invite developing countries to prepare anti-corruption action plans to implement their commitments in regional and
OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Reviews Accelerated and Corporate Compliance Programs Encouraged
We made good progress to fulfill the G-8's Evian pledge to strengthen OECD monitoring of the Anti-Bribery Convention. The
OECD Council approved a reform package on in February, 2004, including a mechanism to fund the Working Group on
Bribery (WGB). It achieves stable funding through 2007 to complete a full round of important peer reviews that examine
member country's enforcement track record.
* We will adhere rigorously to our updated 2004-2007 enforcement review schedule, honour our pledges to serve as lead
examiners or examinees, and send our prosecutors and other law enforcement officials to participate in peer reviews.
* We will encourage efforts of our private sectors to develop and implement corporate compliance programs to promote
adherence to laws against foreign bribery, and welcome the positive steps already taken by certain industries to develop
specific principles relevant to their specific activities to promote such compliance.
Framework Strengthened for Fighting Financial Crimes, Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism
All G-8 countries committed to implement the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) revised 40 recommendations adopted in
We are promoting implementation of the UN Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Convention. We will develop a diplomatic
strategy to urge speedy consideration of ratification of the TOC Convention and coordinate with others, including donors to
the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, to provide technical assistance to promote implementation of the Convention.
We strongly support the broad international effort undertaken by the IMF/World Bank, the FATF and other international
organizations to assess jurisdictions' compliance with the anti-money laundering and combating of the financing of terrorist
(AML/CFT) standard. We urge all jurisdictions to move with dispatch to address shortcomings in their regimes. As part of the
international effort, we look forward to delivery of technical assistance to help jurisdictions address identified shortfalls
in their AML/CFT regimes.
Transparency Focus in Trade Agreements Reaffirmed
We reaffirm our pledge at Evian to "work towards including in our regional and bilateral trade agreements provisions
requiring transparency in government procurement, the awarding of concessions, as well as provisions on trade facilitation."
Review of Off-Shore Financial Centers Continues
We reaffirm our commitment to further enhance transparency and supervisory standards in financial markets in particular
non-compliant off-shore centers. We ask our Finance Ministers to carry this work forward. In this regard, we welcome the
IMF's regular monitoring and assessment of offshore financial centers' compliance with international standards. We also
urge all financial centers, both off-shore and on-shore, to adopt high standards of transparency and exchange of
information in all tax matters.
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