Thursday, November 01, 2007

'Burma' Most Corrupt in The World: CPI

Source: Mizzima News

Having tied for second to last in the 2006 survey of national corruption, it seemed to ask a lot of Burma to put in a worse showing for 2007. But Burma has done just that, sharing the title of world's most corrupt country with war ravaged and impoverished Somalia.

The annual Corruptions Perception Index (CPI), a product of Transparency International, paints a grim picture for the short-term prospect of improvement inside Burma, stating from the outset that the existence of strong and accountable public institutions is essential, and that "a strong correlation between corruption and poverty continues to be evident."

"Countries torn apart by conflict pay a huge toll in their capacity to govern. With public institutions crippled or non-existent, mercenary individuals help themselves to public resources and corruption thrives," Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International, went on to add.

For the full report, please click here.

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