The members voiced this view at the 22nd meeting of APEC’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group.
“Corruption can discourage foreign and domestic investment, distort competition, and prevent the proper functioning of the markets, as well as raise the cost of public services and infrastructure projects,” Peru’s Attorney General Pablo Sanchez said.
Sanchez, who was presiding over the working group, is also chief of Peru’s High-Level Anti-Corruption Commission.
“It is a challenge to safeguard the member economies of APEC with the legal mechanisms needed to prevent this criminal practice from going unpunished due to deficiencies in their legal frameworks,” Sanchez said.
The meeting, he added, offers the bloc’s 21 members a valuable opportunity to exchange best practices and experiences in the fight against corruption, and to learn about new anti-graft initiatives presented by international organizations.
APEC currently has 21 members, namely, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, China’s Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.
The 2016 APEC Summit is to be held in China’s eastern city of Hangzhou in November.