David Cameron to place fighting corruption 'top of international agenda'
David Cameron has argued tackling corruption should be at the “top of the international agenda” ahead of a London summit on the issue.
World leaders and figures from sports and charities will congregate at Lancaster House on Thursday for the inaugural international anti-corruption summit.
The event will look to expand ways of exposing and driving out global corruption.
The Prime Minister hopes to secure pledges for stronger punitive action on corruption and commitments to crack down on the issue.
Mr Cameron has said the scourge is the “root of so many of the world's problems" and “an enemy of progress”.
Ahead of the summit, he added: "It destroys jobs and holds back economic growth, traps the poorest in desperate poverty, and undermines our security by pushing people towards extremist groups."
"The battle against corruption will not be won overnight. It will take time, courage and determination to deliver the reforms that are necessary. But we cannot hope to solve the major global challenges we face without tackling the exploitation, fraud and dishonesty at their heart.
"For too long there has been a taboo about tackling this issue head-on. The summit will change that. Together we will push the fight against corruption to the top of the international agenda where it belongs."
Russian deputy foreign minister Oleg Syromolotov, Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, and Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg are among those expected to attend next week.
Campaigners are also calling for commitments to act on tax havens in the wake of the Panama Papers leak.
They have demanded action to be taken on tax havens linked to the United Kingdom as part of the action against tax evasion and tax avoidance.
A Downing Street spokesman said: "We are in discussions with the Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies with major financial centres about their attendance, and expect a number to join the summit."