Government corruption, has growing number of cases for countries -specially countries involves in war and/or political conflicts or crises- and local jurisdiction represents yet another area that is rarely covered in written by investigations or news.
However, in today’s technology in which media, internet, electronic communications around the global, law enforcement made aware frequently of these illegal activities including fraud to abuse of authority. Corruption is by no mean limited to law enforcement, and illegal activities of leaders, government officials, and to those who are all too eager to provide payoffs or grant favors also set a tone the erodes public confidence.
Government Corruption can be endemic, characterized by growing number of individuals who became involved in criminal enterprise and SME’s. Most of active enterprise crimes would not survive without corrupt government officials. Corruption practices rang from minor briber to authority and/or police officers to look the other way to paying off judges and high level officials. There are also those who will look the other way because of the activities of illegal group benefit their interests.
Enterprise criminals are capable of finding ways to control people even at the highest level of government; when this happened, prosecution become extremely difficult.
In many Middle East countries, there are local ownership or local partnership requirements with which foreign investors must comply if they wish to invest in the country. While these requirements may open the door to bribery and corruption risks, these risks can be mitigated through the implementation of adequate compliance procedures. But these risks will only be properly identified through the conduct of comprehensive jurisdiction-specific anti-bribery and corruption due diligence.
If due diligence was not performed or was performed insufficiently, steps ought still to be taken after the conclusion of the transaction to assess, minimise or eliminate bribery and corruption risks. The truth is the best defense and the whole truth is the very best defence.
The question remain: Is it only just a paperwork or actually the authorities emphasis the results of Anti- Corruption and bribery investigations!!! Would they like more to keep feeding fake news with glowing picture presented by media to attract investors? and it’s your luck facing otherwise on the ground?!! I believe with misled of true figures, transparency reports about financial crimes, you should think more than onetime about your investment !!
In conclusion, while the risk of falling foul of corruption legislation through the actions of third parties when operating in many emerging markets is significant, appropriate due diligence combined with effective corrective and protective action should result in such risks being manageable, if you consider investing in such countries!!!