International anti-graft conference kicks off in Bali

13:44, May 10, 2011      

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The international anti-graft conference was open in Bali of Indonesia on Tuesday.

Over 400 participants from 35 countries took part in the two-day conference aimed at creating a conducive climate for investment, local media reported.

The conference was opened by chairman of Indonesian anti-graft watchdog Corruption Eradication Comission or KPK, Busyro Mugoddas.

"Let's create a new world without corruption and make corruption a common enemy. All countries must be united to fight corruption," he said at Hotel Grant Hyatt Bali.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was to present at the conference on Tuesday, an official at the State Palace said.

The authorities needed to pay attention to trans-national bribery because it could damage the world economy, said Ritchard Boucher, an UN official.

"Bribery has damaged market and disturbed good governments," said Ritchard.

Rampant corruption is still an hindrance for improving investment environment in Indonesia. The government has sent scores of officials from lawmaker to active central bank governor to jail on corruption charges.

Source: Xinhua
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