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    Group: Chad, Bangladesh Are Most Corrupt By EMILY BEHLMANN, Associated Press Writer 25 minutes ago


    Bangladesh and Chad were ranked most corrupt on a global watchdog group's annual list of corruption levels in 159 nations, released Tuesday. At the other end of the scale, Iceland was ranked least corrupt.
    Corruption undermines efforts to eradicate poverty, with graft by public officials hampering attempts to raise the living standards of the poor, Transparency International said.
    "Corruption must be vigorously addressed if aid is to make a real difference in freeing people from poverty," said Peter Eigen, chairman of the Berlin-based group.
    To form its annual corruption index, Transparency International asked businessmen, academics and public officials about how countries they live in or do business with are perceived.
    On a scale of one to 10, Bangladesh and Chad both scored 1.7, meaning that graft is perceived as being rampant. The least corrupt country, Iceland, scored 9.7.
    Corruption is a widespread problem in Chad, but difficult to detect in a nation where most civil servants and judicial workers are paid low and often delayed salaries.
    Human rights organizations and civic groups in Chad say corruption is most widespread in the customs and tax enforcement services, the judiciary and the government procurement office. Legal clerks are known to obstruct procedures to elicit bribes. Tax and customs officials sometimes facilitate tax evasion only to return later to pursue the crimes they facilitated.
    There is a perception that most graft goes unpunished in the African country, despite a February 2000 anti-corruption law that spells out penalties. Bribery, for example, is included, but there is no known case of anyone having been prosecuted since the law was enacted.
    In Bangladesh, government agencies siphoned off a reported $68 million through corruption last year, with the communications sector the worst offender, the group said in September.
    Government officials and senior bureaucrats were blamed in 72 percent of the cases involving misuse of public funds in the South Asian nation. In terms of bribes and misuse of power, the police department was responsible for nearly 17 percent of money lost, the earlier report said.
    Minister for Communications Nazmul Huda dismissed the September report, saying "it's not based on truth."
    Transparency International chief executive David Nussbaum said many developing countries need reforms in the public sector to ensure that U.N. aid reaches poverty-stricken populations. The United Nations has a goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015.
    "Corruption isn't a natural disaster: it is the cold, calculated theft of opportunity from the men, women and children who are least able to protect themselves," he said in a statement. "Leaders must go beyond lip service and make good on their promises to provide the commitment and resources to improve governance, transparency and accountability."
    Turkmenistan, Myanmar, Haiti, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Angola joined Chad and Bangladesh as the most corrupt countries, the report said.
    After Iceland, the least corrupt were Finland, New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Australia and Austria. The United States was ranked 17th.
    The watchdog said worsening of corruption levels from last year's survey were recorded in Costa Rica, Gabon, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.
    Improvements were found in Estonia, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Qatar, Taiwan and Turkey.

    Many of the 10 countries that joined the European Union in May 2004 and those involved in the EU accession process have also shown improvements in fighting corruption, indicating sweeping reforms and a new emphasis on making public institutions more accountable, the group said.
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    Ha, that's funny. I had to look this up last year for my MBA. Finland was #1 least corrupt last year. I think Bangladesh was most corrupt in 2004 too.

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    Hey finland!!! this is your moment to shine! good for you! kudos to finlandia!

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    I guess it all depends on how you define 'corrupt'. I'd put the US and UK administrations pretty high up the list at the moment. Grrrrr
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    Quote Originally Posted by AliceInWonderland View Post
    Group: Chad, Bangladesh Are Most Corrupt By EMILY BEHLMANN, Associated Press Writer 25 minutes ago

    Corruption undermines efforts to eradicate poverty, with graft by public officials hampering attempts to raise the living standards of the poor, Transparency International said.

    "Corruption isn't a natural disaster: it is the cold, calculated theft of opportunity from the men, women and children who are least able to protect themselves," he said in a statement. "Leaders must go beyond lip service and make good on their promises to provide the commitment and resources to improve governance, transparency and accountability."
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    They forgot Indonesia, which has previously been ranked as high as
    #6 on some list of most bribe-laden countries.

    My friend lives there and is married to an Indonesian woman.
    He just wrote to me saying that in order to retire in Indonesia,
    you have to
    a) prove that you will have a monthly income of $3,000 (as if any
    of their common folk can do that)
    b) buy a house worth at least $50,000 US (!) and
    c) leave a deposit of $100,000 US with the Indonesian gov't,
    to be returned when you leave (bullsh!t)

    He said they continually increase the taxes any way they get,
    usually pigeonholing foreigners because Indos who aren't corrupt
    are dirt-poor and have no money for civil servants to tax away.
    They just increased fees for leaving the country to close to $80,
    and if your visa has less than 5 months remaining, you have to pay
    an extra $100 to get it renewed even though it's supposed to be good
    for another 5 months!

    That's not including the time he got his rent raised, 100%,
    retroactive for the previous two years. Try doing THAT in America.

    I could go on all night, but suffice it to say, if you go to Indonesia
    and even try to save money, every Indonesian is going to leech onto you.

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    Welcome to the Third World my friend
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I guess it all depends on how you define 'corrupt'. I'd put the US and UK administrations pretty high up the list at the moment. Grrrrr
    If we are talking corrupt government, unfortunately, I think Canada needs to be on that list too.

    Hell, most of the countries could be on that list if we define it by the government...except Finland.... Yeah Finland!
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