News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 29 on 7 July 2000

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KENYA - BUSTING CORRUPTION USING THE INTERNET

7 July 2000

Corruption in the public sector is money diverted into someone's pocket that should have been spent on development. Corruption happens everywhere but is particularly endemic in Africa. Certain African countries can lay claim to being world leaders in this field. Large-scale contracts (especially in the field of telecomms) controlled by government are particularly open to the unscrupulous "taking a cut". To discourage it one business leader - John Gage of Sun Systems - is suggesting government makes transparency - using the internet - a feature of how they operate. However petty corruption at all levels discourages foreign investment. This week…