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U.K. government helps companies fight overseas graft

Great post Tuesday by our cousins at

They said the U.K. government has been intervening with overseas governments on behalf of U.K. businesses reporting problems with local corruption.

‘Since the passing of the Bribery Act in July 2010,’ the post said, ‘there have been four cases where U.K. embassies have made official interventions with governments in the former USSR and the Gulf states regarding U.K. businesses’ corruption concerns.

Between mid 2010 and last month, U.K. businesses complained six times to the government about graft in the Gulf and former USSR, the post said.

The Gulf countries include the members of the Gulf Co-operation Council — the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait.

We’ve written before about the partnership between the British Foreign Office and big U.K. companies. In the Middle East and other places in the 1980s, Her Majesty’s Government went door-to-door with British salesmen, helping them hawk their goods and services to oil-rich regimes.

Before the Bribery Act, we speculated that the U.K.’s public-private partnership may have helped spread corruption. These days, it may be spreading an anti-corruption message. That’s a great turn-around.

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