Transparency International New Zealand is asking MP’s to legislate to make bribes no matter how small – illegal whether paid in NZ or overseas.
The Law and Order Select Committee’s report on the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill continues to allow facilitation payments related to overseas transactions. Facilitation payments are small bribes and these are illegal in many jurisdictions, including in the UK under the UK Bribery Act.
Both Transparency International NZ and the Victoria University’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies made submissions to the Law and Order Select Committee on the grounds that allowing even small cases of bribery undermines New Zealand’s strong reputation for being corruption free.
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