(Note: Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the end of this PACS Standard for further guidance on this standard.)
This PACS Standard makes the following recommendations in relation to government anti-corruption commitments.
See Anti-Corruption Notice to Government for a sample request by the project owner to a government department.
See Anti-Corruption Government Commitment for a sample commitment which may be provided by a government department.
The government departments which should give this commitment are those that issue any approvals or permits in relation to the project. Permits may include planning permission, building approvals, work permits, visas, customs clearance, payment approvals, foreign currency clearance etc.
Refusing or delaying the issue of a permit which is validly due can have major cost impact on the project participants who need the permit (for example, their equipment may be trapped at customs). Issuing these permits therefore gives disproportionate power to relatively junior government officials, who may seek to abuse their position in return for a bribe. Alternatively, it may be advantageous to a company to bribe the official to issue it with a permit which is not validly due. It is therefore imperative that government departments closely control the issuing of permits by their officials, have effective procedures for making complaints, and have proper disciplinary procedures.
Government departments should, as a matter of good management, closely control the issuing of permits by their officials, have effective procedures for making complaints, and have proper disciplinary procedures. If these procedures are already in place, the project owner will not need to seek the commitments which are contained in this PACS Standard. However, if any relevant government department does not have these procedures in place, then it is recommended that the project owner tries to obtain from the government department the commitments contained in this PACS Standard. It can use the following PACS templates to do so:
If the project owner is a public sector entity, then it will probably be part of the same government which has responsibility for permit issuing. However, permit issuing will normally be undertaken by a separate government department(s) from the project owner, so the commitment will still be necessary or useful.
Updated on 10th April 2020