1 November 2013

Andrei Bugrov: G20 Anti-Corruption Agenda should be continued

In an interview with RIA Novosti, Head of the Business 20 Task Force on Transparency and Anti-Corruption Andrei Bugrov spoke on proposals in this sphere introduced by members of the business community to G20 Leaders.

The Task Force's main priorities are to increase the number of members through attracting representatives from developing countries, including BRICS member states, and to avoid declarative statements in favor of implementing specific measures, he said.

"All participants in the process were satisfied with the organization of the work, as well as the course, results, and agenda that could be introduced at further Business 20 meetings," Bugrov emphasized.

He also noted that the efforts resulted in the agreement on establishing the Collective Action Hub, a virtual venue for G20 to serve as a source of information on combating corruption, as well as a coordinating body.

"Yet, there is a more ambitious task of setting up national centers where members of the business community can gather information on current efforts in countries to combat corruption and develop accountability and transparency," Bugrov said.

According to Andrei Bugrov, the resulting documents of the G20 Leaders' Summit included many proposals offered by the Task Force, as they proved to be essential and important for business. "Starting with the 2009 G20 Pittsburgh Summit, when the G20 discussed battling corruption for the first time, there has been considerable progress," he said.

Looking to the future, Bugrov noted that Australia's priorities will not be announced until December, when the country's G20 Presidency will start. "It is important for us to ensure continuity of the process and of the anti-corruption agenda," he emphasized.

The full version of the interview you can find here (only Russian version)