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Oct 05

Roundtable on Corruption, Economic Growth, and Freedom

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Corruption erodes economic development, growth, and freedom by introducing insecurity and uncertainty into economic relationships. For this reason corruption is one of the ten measurement indicators used by The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s annual Index of Economic Freedom which, in turn, draws upon information from Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index.

The global anti-corruption movement has been making progress – bad guys, from national governments to private corporations, have had their feet held to the fire and are being forced to shape up or pay restitution. More and more, the global community is recognizing the scope and devastating effects of corruption.

Ambassador Larson will discuss various international efforts against corruption – modeled on the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Business Practices Act – and identify areas of possible future cooperation between governments and business to fight corruption. Our panelists will discuss corruption issues in China and India, corruption as viewed from the business community as well as how it affects Latin America in particular, and legislative perspectives on corruption.

More About the Speakers

Ambassador Alan P. Larson
Senior International Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP; Chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S. Chapter, Transparency International; former Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs; and former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

With Panelists
Dr. Derek Scissors
Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

José Raúl Perales
Executive Director, Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America, and Adjunct Professor of Latin American Affairs, George Washington University

Jay Branegan
Professional Staff Member (Minority), U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

James M. Roberts
Research Fellow for Economic Freedom and Growth, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)