Government and Business Sector Alliance: A Joint Strategy to improve Competitiveness and Investment

December 9th 2010. Today, within the framework of the "International Day Against Corruption", took place in Mexico City the event " Government and Business Sector Alliance: A Joint Strategy to improve Competitiveness and Investment", carried out by the Mexican Government, through the Public Function Secretariat. The event had the objective of offering a space for reflection regarding the threat that corruption represents and the need of joint responsibility in the combat of this problem.

The inauguration was carried out by Mr. Salvador Vega Casillas (Public Function Secretary), Mr. Antonio L. Mazzitelli (Regional Representative for Mexico, Central America and Carribean of the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime, UNODC), Mr. Mario Sánchez Ruiz (President of the Business Coordinator Counsel), Mrs. Anna Szterenfeld (Latin America Editor of The Economist Intelligence Unit) and Mrs. Shelly Hayes (Partner In Charge of KPMG Forensic Practice in Mexico).

Subsequent to the inauguration act, was held a Magisterial Conference: "The Impact of Corruption in Mexico's Business and Competitiveness Environment: Diagnosis and Best Practices to combat this Phenomenon".

After this, two working tables were held: the first table, with the aim of discussing the paper that private sector plays in the fight against corruption, and the existing mechanisms of self-regulation that can be adopted by different companies; and the second table, which had the objective of knowing and exploring coincidences in the vision of government, private sector, academy and civil society, about strategies to fight corruption. In the second table, Mr. Antonio L. Mazzitelli emphasized the importance of a coordinated and co-responsible fight within different sectors, government levels and union powers, in strict commitment and law enforcement.

During the event, a general concern was expressed, about the threat that corruption represents and its consequences to governments, businesses and society.