ADB Hosts International Seminar on Fighting Bribery in Public Procurement

News Release | 7 November 2007

BALI, INDONESIA - Government representatives and experts from 25 countries and jurisdictions are joining the Asian Development Bank (ADB) this week in Bali, Indonesia, for an international seminar on combating bribery in public procurement.

"Corruption in public procurement is a particularly important issue in the Asia-Pacific region where it is estimated that governments pay between 20% and 100% more for goods and services due to corrupt procurement practices", ADB Vice President of Operations C. Lawrence Greenwood Jr. said in his joint welcome address with Paskah Suzetta, Indonesia's Minister of the National Development Planning Agency, and Hendarman Supandji, Attorney General of Indonesia.