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Engineers call for corruption amnesty

Engineers have called for an amnesty for construction firms who may have been involved in corrupt practice abroad, giving companies the chance to continue with a clean conscience.
According to delegates at a conference organised by the Anti Corruption Forum in London, such an amnesty to enable firms to move forward without the fear that their past activities might be brought back to haunt them.

"Companies may have skeletons in the cupboard, but do not want to stick their heads above the parapet," said one engineer.

"If the impact of a company admitting to past mistakes is to put the company up for execution, nobody will face up to corruption," another added.

One delegate pointed out that according to Transparency International, construction is rated as the most corrupt sector in Africa, worth around £46bn per year.

Delegates spoke frankly about the issue in the Chatham House Rule meeting in which views are not attributed, and said that the only way for companies to ensure ethical behaviour would be to walk away from countries where corrupt practice is common.

"We used to operate a great deal in Africa. Sadly, now we do not," said one.

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