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UN Conventions and Other Agreements

United Nations Convention against Corruption: signed 1 December 2005 and ratified on 30 January 2007.

United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime: not signed.

Qatar is a founding member and hosts the offices of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force, established on 30 November 2004 as a voluntary regional association to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

Qatar has no contact with Transparency International.

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Government Institutions and Initiatives

There are no special bodies in Qatar charged with fighting corruption, but in 2003 the government launched a campaign against corruption in high places.

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Civil Society Initiatives

There are currently no anti-corruption organizations within the country. Qatar hosts Al-Jazeera, which provides timely information and discussions about improprieties in other Arab countries.

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Public Procurement

Government procurement regulations provide a ten percent preference for Qatari bidders and five percent for GCC bidders. The Central Tenders Committee (CTC) of the Ministry of Finance is responsible for processing the majority of public sector tenders, but foreign companies have complained about a lack of transparency. Important government contracts require Qatari intermediaries with good access.

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Anti Money Laundering

The Central Bank of Qatar plays a leading role in implementing Law No. 28 of 2002 and Decree Law No. 21 of May 11, 2003, combating money laundering, and Law No. 3 of 2004 combating terrorism. The deputy governor of the QCB chairs the National Anti- Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing Committee established by the legislation.

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Corruption Perception Index

Qatar scored 7.0 on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index 2009. The scale runs from 0 (high corruption) to 10 (no corruption). It is in the 22nd position among 180, placing Qatar as the first ranking between the Arab countries. Qatar had scored 6.5 in 2008 and ranked 28th among the 180 countries in the world and 1st among the 18 Arab Countries. In 2007, it scored 6.0 it was in 32nd place among the 180 countries of the world, and was already ahead of all other countries in the Arab region. In 2006 it also scored 6.0 and was ranked 32nd in a field of 163, but it trailed the United Arab Emirates.

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