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Groups join forces to combat corruption

ICE news

IN A MOVE to stamp out construction industry corruption, engineers will meet UK and international government later this month to discuss ways to create a level playing field.

The workshop is being organised by the Anti-corruption Forum, which is jointly led by the ICE, British Consultants & Construction Bureau, the Association for Consultancy & Engineering, and anticorruption lobby group Transparency International (TI).

The meeting will also be used to discuss TI's 2005 Global Corruption Report which was published last week, and focuses on construction and postconfl ict reconstruction.

'Corruption in large-scale public projects is a daunting obstacle to sustainable development. The results are shoddy construction and poor infrastructure, ' said TI chairman Peter Eigen.

'Funds being poured into rebuilding countries such as Iraq must be safeguarded against corruption. Transparency must also be the watchword as donors pledge massive sums for reconstruction in the countries affected by the Asian tsunami.' The workshop will produce a leafl advising companies how to avoid getting drawn into corrupt practices.

Attendance at the Department for International Developmentsponsored workshop will be by invitation only, but those wanting to participate should contact Cheryl Codling on (01235) 833 753. The workshop is to be conducted under Chatham House Rules of confidence.

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