Dead Men Left

Monday, June 13, 2005

Tackling corruption (elsewhere)

Private Eye this week makes a good point, in passing: ratification of the UN's Convention Against Corruption has been demanded of African countries by the government's Commission for Africa (PDF). So far, 22 countries have ratified the convention. It needs thirty to come into force. Of the 22, precisely none are in the G8, with the UK government currently promising ratification "by the end of the year". As the Eye wonders, if the G8 countries are unprepared to ratify the convention, "how on Earth can the rich nations' club claim to be tackling the problems of corruption crippling developing world economies?"