Mexican president announces anti-corruption initiatives

14:38, March 03, 2011      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday announced a series of measures against corruption, which included reward for exposure of acts of corruption in companies and public agencies.

Calderon said he will submit the package of anti-corruption initiatives to Congress, which includes measures of punishment for public officers who seek illegal benefits for people who pay bribes.

Calderon said that based on the law on administrative responsibility, public officers can be put under surveillance and there will be rewards for those who denounce corruption.

He added that these initiatives establish the base for people to denounce corruption, define protection procedures for denouncers, and provide economic rewards for those who contribute to exposing corruption.

Calderon said that reports from people are an efficient tool in the fight against corruption in both public and private sector.

He said that all countries are prone to corruption, but his government is committed to making efforts to fight against it.

More than 27 million pesos (about 2.2 million U.S. dollars) are paid as bribes and for other corrupted actions in Mexico every year, said Salomon Presburger, president of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers.

Source: Xinhua

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