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The Growing global challenge of managing anti-bribery and corruption compliance Companies in the energy and […]
The biggest issue facing business today is how to grow in a low growth economy. This is the challenge facing the G20 leaders when they meet in Brisbane later this week. Against that backdrop, corruption has a staggering impact on economic growth. At $3 trillion or around 5 percent of global GDP, if corruption were an industry, it would be the world’s third largest.
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has announced that the half year revenue performance for the financial year 2013/2014 has registered the largest ever deficit of USh 246.93 billion (Ugandan Shillings, equal to about US$ 99 million).
Building a strong foundation for Africa – business continuity management & infrastructure resilience
Nowhere is infrastructure resilience more important than in Africa. As the continent once considered ‘dark’ emerges into a brilliant new era of growth and stability, much of her success will depend on the quality and resilience of infrastructure.
One of the key challenges facing the country’s development and progress is corruption. According to the Transparency International 2013 Global Corruption Barometer, Kenya is perceived as the 4th most corrupt nation globally.
The level of interest by African banks in anti-money laundering (AML) has risen drastically, according to the 2012 KPMG Africa Anti-Money Laundering Survey. The survey revealed that 66% of the main board of directors have prioritised AML issues, as banks work to comply with stricter global regulations.
Following on from our previous post, Country Focus Seminar: Mozambique, we take a look at some of the challenges and opportunities cited by Miguel Alvim, Advisory Managing Partner at KPMG Mozambique.
On the question whether ethical business in Africa is possible, and where, two qualifications are needed. The first qualification is this: asking the question should not imply that Africa is uniquely inclined towards bribery and corruption. Bribery and corruption are problems in Africa, they are not African problems.
In a sense such heat-maps already exist. The best known is probably Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. This index indicates the perceived levels of corruption in different countries by way of a deeper shade of red. According to this index, the morally “safest” places when expanding into Africa are Botswana (ranked the 30th least corrupt country out of 176 countries), Namibia (58th), Ghana (64th) and South Africa (69th).
“Is it possible to do business in Africa without having to cross moral boundaries?” This question is encouraging as an indication that moral considerations increasingly form part of strategic business decisions. The concern with ethical business is no doubt inspired by stringent and more diligently enforced legislation on corruption. The unfortunate consequences of corporate participation in corruption has been evident in the case of Siemens, for instance, who agreed to pay $1.34 billion in fines for bribery in December of 2008.
The English philosopher Francis Bacon once claimed “opportunity makes the thief”. The implication is that people are not born thieves, but thieves are created in the moment, in situations where opportunities for thievery exist. A second and more unsettling implication is that anyone is potentially a thief. Criminologists working from the opportunity hypothesis also propose that crime is the result of a rational choice in which costs and benefits are weighed up.
KPMG is hosting its annual long-term insurance industry update event on Thursday 6 June 2013. The update involves, taking a look at the most topical developments currently affecting the long-term insurance industry. The course is aimed at financial directors and managers, risk and compliance officers, internal auditors and audit committee members.
Whilst Africa is often perceived as a mysterious, underdeveloped continent, it’s quickly becoming one of the most valuable emerging markets for infrastructure. In fact, infrastructure development – in the form of megacities – is one of the key strategic priorities for senior African leaders. What’s driving infrastructure development in Africa?
Over the past quarter, we have downwardly revised our forecast for the real GDP expansion of sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, 2014 and 2015. But to be clear, the overall trend is still positive, with real GDP growth increasing every year up to 2015, after which we expect the growth figure to remain at the same level in 2016.
According to the Fraud Risk Barometer, the occurrence of reported fraud has decreased from 503 in the first half of 2012 to 348 cases in the second half of 2012. It is the third consecutive period where a decrease in reported fraud and corruption …
Investment in renewable energy products is one promising way to bring energy to the disconnected households and businesses. Solar home products, LED lights, and rural charging stations can bring small amounts of power to people in remote areas …
Africa is not a healthy continent. On all indicators of health, Africa lags behind the rest of the world, and behind poor countries of South-East and South Asia that were behind Africa when measured on these metrics a few decades ago. Much of this gap, which has widened since the 1980s is a consequence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic which has hit Africa harder than any region on Earth, but much of it (as well as the sometimes sluggish and ineffective responses to HIV/AIDS) can be blamed on other factors.