Campaign is launched to fight corruption along road transport corridors

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Tuesday, 13th May 2014

Corruption and illicit practices on roads are harmful to international trade and the development of national and global economies. They increase legal and operational uncertainty, and add additional costs to the entire logistics chain and end product. As much as USD 1.6 trillion is lost globally each year according to estimates from the World Bank. While corruption is mostly found in emerging economies, corrupt practices also exist in industrialized ones. With major negative economic and political consequences, fighting corruption has become one of the priority issues for governments and international organizations.

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the UN Global Compact therefore join forces in a strategic alliance to fight extortion and cor ruption along major road transport corridors and secure global supply chains with an official launch of the Global Anti-Corruption Initiative this past February. Over the next 8 months, the IRU will be working together with the United Nations Global Compact to collect information on cases of corruption, bribery and extortion along major road transport corridors on five continents.

This information will then be analyzed by experts, and compiled into a final report providing specific recommendations on anti-corruption measures in international road transport. The report will officially be presented to the Global Compact Working Group on the 10th Principle Against Corruption in December 2014 on the International Anti-Corruption Day. It will also be presented to governments of participating states and leading global international groups, including G8, G20 and the World Economic Forum.

To learn more about this ambitious campaign and how you can support it, please go to: http://www.iru.org/en_gaci

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