Planning is ongoing for a trip to Ukraine to meet with key government officials and leading NGOs within the next few months. The Task Force is currently developing and soliciting additional members. We continue working toward our aim of strengthening Ukraine's young democracy through wide-ranging domestic policy improvements, including election oversight and corporate governance and transparency.
I have contacted several NGOs, academics and individuals in an attempt to assemble a well-rounded panel that can tackle all aspects of corruption eradication in emerging democracies. I recognized upon making my commitment that such a project is a tall task, as both corruption and democracy are manifested in varying forms in different regions of the world. Hence, in January, I concluded that in order for my commitment to have any real impact, I needed to choose one nation as a case study. I chose Ukraine as the nation the anti corruption task force will focus on. Initially, I had hoped to assemble the task force in Washington, DC in June 2006. Since I am in the process of running for federal office in my native Ohio (and my primary is in May), I have elected to postpone the conference to early September 2006.
I met with the Anti Corruption office of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. I also participated in a phone conference with a coordinator at UNICORN International, a trade union group focused on anti corruption efforts based in Cardiff, Wales. Interested participants include, but are not limited to:
The American Bar Association Central and Eastern European Law Institute Anti Corruption Program; Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), American University;
Dr. Larry Diamond, Stanford University; International Chamber of Commerce Anti Corruption Office; UNICORN International; Anthony Nanula, CGI participant committed to establishing a center for entrepreneurial leadership in Ukraine; and Carter Center fellows in Global Development.
- Convened meetings with the Anti Corruption Office of the International Chamber of
Commerce in Paris, France, and discussed efforts with a coordinator at UNICORN
International, a trade union group based in Cardiff, Wales, focused on anti corruption efforts.
- Contacted several NGOs, academies and individuals in an attempt to assemble a well-rounded panel that can tackle all aspects of corruption eradication in emerging democracies.
- Initiating a trip to Ukraine to meet with key government officials and NGO leaders.
- Planning first Task Force meeting for early 2007.