On 28 May 2013, the Congolese Private Sector Anti-Corruption Task Force held a seminar on good governance and good business conduct. The event was hosted by Nestle DRC and brought together diplomats, officials, the chamber of commerce, and companies and banks operating in the DRC to promote ethical working, where good governance is the rule and not the exception.
Addressing the seminar, British Embassy representative, Ms Laura Johansen, said:
Corruption is a huge obstacle to economic development and holds back investment. The UK has the Presidency of the G8 this year, and we are prioritising the ‘3Ts’ agenda: Tax, Trade and Transparency. We will work closely with African partners on these issues to help countries realise their potential and improve the business and investment climate.
The British Embassy strongly supports the work of the Group to elaborate a DRC business code of conduct to promote integrity, good governance, respect and transparency. These are priorities that we share.
The Congolese Private Sector Anti-Corruption Task Force comprises a growing number of Congolese and foreign companies that have voluntarily endorsed a Code of Conduct for the Congolese Private Sector promoting a zero-tolerance policy to corruption. The development of the Code was funded by the UK government and is part of the Embassy’s anti-corruption work.