Bhutan tar­get­ing to 20th in cor­rup­tion per­cep­tion in­dex (CPI) by 2020

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

Ana­tional key re­sult ar­eas in gov­er­nance in the 11th five year plan of the gov­ern­ment is by 2020, the coun­try will hold rank 20th or bet­ter in the Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tion In­dex (CPI), and as of 2013, Bhutan stood 31st; back in 2009, it was 49th in the world.

In its cor­rup­tion per­cep- tion in­dex (CPI) for 2013, Bhutan ranked 31st in the world, 6th in Asia Pa­cific re­gion, 1st amongst coun­tries of South Asia and 8th in all of Asia.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port 20th by 2020, Bhutan’s Drive for im­proved Gov­er­nance states that, the vi­sion Bhutan has set for it­self as a peace­ful, pros­per­ous and happy coun­try is an­chored in the de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy of gross na­tional hap­pi­ness, one of the pil­lar of which good gov­er­nance holds the key to strong pub­lic man­age­ment and ser­vice de­liv­ery. In­ter­na­tional per­cep­tions of good gov­er­nance and anti-cor­rup­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, in Bhutan have con­sis­tently stayed very pos­i­tive; its global rank­ing of 31st in 2013 in the CPI is strong ev­i­dence.

The re­ports also states that the level of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, how­ever are gen­er­ally de­creased among the lo­cal gov­ern­ment. In terms of the pro­por­tion of such lev­els of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, it de­clined from 42 per­cent of the to­tal Nu 151.1M in 2008 to eight per­cent of the to­tal Nu 261.4M in 2013.

The Bhutan fraud, cor­rup­tion and em­bez­zle­ment in lo­cal gov­ern- ment (2008-2013) level of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in lo­cal gov­ern­ments had de­creased from 2008- 2010 but it had in­creased dras­ti­cally. In 2008, Bhutan’s fraud, cor­rup­tion and em­bez­zle­ment in lo­cal gov­ern­ment were 44 per­cent and it had in­creased to 97.9 per­cent in 2013, the re­port

states.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, prin­ci­pal knowl­edge man­age­ment spe­cial­ist from Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB), Gamb­hir Bhatta said, spe­cial at­ten­tion is needed with re­gard to the Bhutan’s fraud, cor­rup­tion and em­bez­zle­ment in lo­cal gov­ern­ment be­cause it seem that the trend is in­creas­ing an­nu­ally from 44 per­cent in 2008 to 97.9 per­cent in 2013.

The re­ports fur­ther stated that, the 2009 na­tional in­tegrity as­sess­ment survey, the first in the coun­try, re­vealed that some 70 per­cent of the cit­i­zens be­lieve that cor­rup­tion ex­ists in var­i­ous form. A more re­cent survey un­der­taken in 2012 showed 66 per­cent of the re­spon­dents per­ceiv­ing that cor­rup­tion had de­clined, how­ever that it re­mains a con­cern.

Dur­ing the launch of the 20th by 2020; Bhutan’s Drive for im­proved Gov­er­nance, ACC Chair­per­son, Dasho Neten Zangmo said, although ACC have lots of crit­i­cism from the pub­lic but we still en­joy work­ing in ACC. Dasho also has lots of de­sire in con­tin­u­ing in build­ing ACC into strong, ef­fec­tive, cred­i­ble and trust­wor­thy or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Bhutan has yet to ful­fill its big­ger as­pi­ra­tion of mak­ing it among the top ten lists of coun­tries in the cor­rup­tion per­cep­tion in­dex”, she added.

The RAA and the ACC are at the fore­front of the work on good gov­er­nance in the coun­try largely through the ac­tive and rig­or­ous pur­suit of their re­spec­tive man­dates.

Gamb­hir Bhatta said that, in­sti­tu­tions like ACC and the RAA should en­hance their ca­pac­ity for the im­prove­ment of the good gov­er­nance.

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