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Transparency International issued its tenth annual progress report on the status of anti-bribery enforcement in the 41 countries that are signatories to the 1997 OECD Anti-Bribery Convention ("Convention"). The Convention requires each signatory country to make foreign bribery a crime and hold individuals and enterprises responsible. Because the 41 signatory countries are responsible for approximately two-thirds of world exports and almost 90% of total foreign direct investment outflows, the Convention is a key instrument for curbing the export of corruption globally.

 

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The Transparency International survey shows only nine countries are "actively enforcing" or "moderately enforcing" anti-bribery laws. And a whopping 30 countries have "limited enforcement" or "no enforcement" of bribery laws. Here's the list:

 

ACTIVE ENFORCEMENT
(Four countries with 23.1% of the world's exports)

  • United States
  • Germany
  • UK
  • Switzerland

 

MODERATE ENFORCEMENT
(5 countries with 8.3% of the world's exports)

  • Italy
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Austria

 

LIMITED ENFORCEMENT
(8 countries with 7.6% of the world's exports)

  • France
  • Sweden
  • Portugal
  • Norway
  • Hungary
  • South Africa
  • Argentina
  • New Zealand

 

LITTLE OR NO ENFORCEMENT
(22 countries with 27% of the world's)

  • Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • Spain
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Poland
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Russia
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Poland
  • Turkey
  • Czech Republic
  • Luxembourg
  • Chile
  • Israel
  • Slovak Republic
  • Colombia
  • Greece
  • Slovenia
  • Bulgaria
  • Estonia
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