As a result of COVID-19, countries all over the world are facing significant economic disruption, insecurity and suffering, which has created an increased risk of bribery and corruption. News in the first two quarters of 2020 showed that many governments began to implement measures to combat these implications from the global pandemic.
Kenyan Anti-bribery and Anti-Corruption laws
“On 27 June 2020, it was reported [by GlobalComplianceNews] that the Kenyan Government is in the process of implementing harsher corruption and bribery laws, in an attempt to curb the current statistics within the country. A proposed amendment to the Bribery Act, which is currently being tabled in Parliament, seeks to allow for the imposition of a fine amounting to KSh 5 million (circa USD 46,939) or for a period of imprisonment not exceeding ten years, where an individual is aware of, or suspects bribery taking place and fails to report it.” It is clear that the Kenyan Government is concerned with the prevention of bribery and corruption, perhaps to ensure the appropriate allocation of resources in these unprecedented times.
US Abuse of Power Prevention Act
On July 23 2020, the House Judiciary Committee held a mark-up of a new bill, the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act as US congress aims to eliminate the tolerance of alleged corruption and bribery undertaken by the current or former presidents. “Section Three of the bill amends the federal bribery statute to make clear that a (former) president can be prosecuted for accepting a bribe in exchange for a pardon… The House also introduced a related bill, the No President is Above the Law Act.”
French Compliance Legislation
The French government has also been working on implementing anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation as they have in 2020 for the first time since 2016 adapted and improved their white-collar crime standards. As stated in a Global Investigations Review by Lexology “in anti-bribery compliance in particular, the recently created French Anticorruption Agency (AFA) keeps building on Sapin II by providing guidance on specific topics, auditing compliance programmes and for the first time… bringing cases in front of its sanctions board.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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