Actions and Detail Panel
Licence to bribe? The role of middlemen in defence procurement
Tue 28 June 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
In the last five years, 80% of UK exports of major conventional weapons have been delivered to markets assessed to have high to critical corruption risk in their defence institutions. In many of these countries, the lack of oversight over defence deals and secretive nature of the sector creates huge opportunities for abuse by corrupt agents. When selling to states with high vulnerability to corruption, like Saudi Arabia, India, and Indonesia, and where agents are commonly used to secure contracts, is it possible to stay within the bounds of anti-corruption legislation?
On Tuesday 28 June, Transparency International Defence and Security invites you to the launch of Licence to Bribe? Reducing corruption risks around the use of agents in defence procurement. This report looks at how major governments like the US and UK are pursuing arms deals with corrupt nations, and how this is increasing opportunities for corruption by middlemen. Following introductory remarks, the panel will discuss the report and its implications before opening the discussion to the floor.
- Andrew Feinstein (Corruption Watch UK)
- Paul Everitt (ADS Group)
- Katherine Dixon (Transparency International Defence and Security)
- Sam Eastwood (Norton Rose Fullbright)
Further panellists to be confirmed.
A drinks reception will follow the discussion.
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This event is hosted by Transparency International Defence and Security and Norton Rose Fulbright.
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