Graft index: Bangladesh improves slightly
Nure Alam Durjoy

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Bangladesh showed slight improvement in the Transparency International’s (TI) flagship corruption index as the country landed in the 15th position from previous year’s 13th.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) published this report at a press conference at the MIDAS Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday. 

Mentioning that Bangladesh is still pretty much in the bottom tier, Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman told the press conference: “The corruption trend is nearly static. We are in a static position. This not satisfactory because we are so far behind the average level (43 score) in the global corruption index.”

“We could say that the corruption has been trimmed down to a medium level only when we could be able to score over 43,” Iftekharuzzaman added.

“With these scores we cannot certainly say whether corruption increases or decreases. But, what makes us feel comfortable is the fact that we are not going down,” said TIB Chairperson Sultana Kamal.

Comparing the score with those of the previous years, she, however, added that Bangladesh was in the same position as it had been and that there were no significant changes.

Sultana Kamal, also a human rights activist, stressed ensuring an atmosphere that will help the people raise their voice against graft.
  
Among the eight South Asian countries, Bangladesh is the second most corrupt country after Afghanistan that ranked sixth with a score of 15, while Bhutan is the least corrupt country in the region with a score of 65.

According to the TI, no country scored 100, which indicates that corruption prevails virtually in every country, and 124 out of 176 countries scored below 50. It also said 109 countries scored less than the average point.

The other lowered-ranked countries include South Sudan, North Korea, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan, Guinea-Bissau, Venezuela and Iraq.

In preparing the index, the TI gathered data from a total of 13 sources between January 2015 and September 2016 from 176 countries. 

The anti-graft watchdog has been publishing corruption indices since 1995 and in Bangladesh since 2001. 

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