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Opening public contracting essential for anti-corruption summit to succeed

This week, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting a major international anti-corruption summit. To ensure its success, leaders must address the number one corruption risk faced by governments: public contracts.

Gavin Hayman, Executive Director of the Open Contracting Partnership, says:

“Public contracting is too often a lethal combination of money, discretion and secrecy. It accounts for the largest share of government spending. This spending is vital to improve schools and health care, and to help fix roads and infrastructure that will boost the economy. But it is extremely vulnerable to corruption.

The Summit is a rare opportunity to make public contracting ‘open by default’ so that citizens and businesses can follow a clear record of how their money is spent.

Opening up public contracts will save governments billions of dollars, create a fairer playing field for businesses, and result in better goods and services for citizens.“

Open contracting transforms public spending through open data and user-driven engagement to provide better deals for governments, increase business competition, improve public integrity, and deliver quality goods and services to citizen.

Gavin Hayman will be available for interviews throughout the week.

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The Open Contracting Partnership connects governments, civil society and business to open up and monitor public contracting. We support the global open contracting community and work with partners across sectors and along the whole process of government contracting. We run a global helpdesk at to support the implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard, a global standard to open government contracting. More information at

Press contact(s):

London, UK

Gavin Hayman, Executive Director, Open Contracting Partnership
T: +1-202-560-3675

Washington, USA

Georg Neumann, Senior Communications Manager, Open Contracting Partnership
T: +1-202-714-4460

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