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New anti-corruption guidebook launched

Transparency International (TI) has developed a guide to minimise fraud and bribery in construction projects.
'The intention is that the implementation of PACS (Project Anti-Corruption System) on a project would be required by a funder as part of the funding package, or by public or private sector project owners as a condition of participating in the project,' said PACS project director, Catherine Stansbury.Anti-corruption measures include, 'Monitoring by an independent assessor, due diligence by the owner and contractors, raising awareness and training within the organisations by way of an anti-corruption programme, reporting and greater transparency,' she said.Importantly, a project website would contain project information, including designs, estimated and final costs, and a list major contracts.Each party would give full and free access to an independent assessor, who would, 'look at any sizable variance to see if there is evidence of fraud,' said Stansbury.PACS targets both bribery and fraud, and can reduce the chances of both these activities occurring, and can provide a defence against accusations of either.PACS information can be found on Transparency International's website, and used free of charge, although there would be costs associated with the independent assessor and website.

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