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