South Africa joins convention

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On 19 June 2007 South Africa became the first African country to join the OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention. The still photo shows South Africa's ambassador to France, Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi, welcomed by OECD secretary-general, Angel Gurría.


South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki has been determined to fight corruption at all levels for many years, and the signing of the convention was a day of “strong emotions”, said Ambassador Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi. Mark Pieth, chair of the Working Group on Bribery said it was a crucial moment; because South Africa was such an important player on the world market, its adhesion was setting an example and sending an important message to emerging markets. South Africa would bring a valuable new perspective to the OECD’s fight against bribery, Mr Pieth said. See video clip at: further information about the Convention, see: ©OECD Observer

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