Bangladesh's status in TI report: 8 years
- Dear Alochoks,
Bangladesh in TI report last 8 years:
1995=Bangladesh not in the list (Indonesia scored highest 41th)
1996=51th (Nigeria scored highest 54th)
1997=Bangladesh not in the list (Nigeria scored highest 52th)
1998=Bangladesh not in the list (Cameroon scored highest 85th)
1999=Bangladesh not in the list (Cameroon scored highest 99th)
2000=Bangladesh not in the list (Nigeria scored highest 90th)
2001=91th (highest score)
2002=102nd (highest score)
Transparency International, a Berlin based organization publishing their
report on worldwide corruption for last 8 years. It is somehow one of the
most acceptable report in the world so far. We Bangladeshis were never aware
about this report much until we become number one corrupted country in their
list last year 2001. Same thing happened this year too.
One obvious reaction we use to observe from the government and opposition
political party is AVOID RESPONSIBILITY.
Once the report publishes, government become embarrassed and try to
hide/ignore their faults. On the other hand political parties out of power
become happy apparently, because it is as per their word "government's
responsibility only". Thus we can't move forward to a perfect solution. The
blame game get us down and down every year.
But what is the benefit of this blame game? If we look at the above ranking
of 8 years, Bangladesh was not in the list of TI index for as much as 5
years. Does that mean we didn't have any corruption in those 5 years? NO. We
have, we had and we will have the corruption in Bangladesh territory always.
But no government, no party, no active group stood against it strongly. TI
used to use data from minimum 3 source to rectify a corruption. If some year
the data for a country is not enough to rely on, TI does not include that
country in the report.
To discover corruption and irregularity from our country we don't need
report from TI essentially. Our internal investigation is enough and we just
need to go for an action to protect our economy from the hydra-headed
monster of corruption. But that doesn't mean that we have to dishonor or
disregard or ignore TI report. If we can use it in positive sense, if our
government become more aware instead of ignoring the fact, corruption will
get down to a controllable level and in the long run we will be able to see
us within the top-20 like another third world country Chile (Chile ranked
17th even before Germany, France, Japan etc!).
Peace for all,