Bhutan is clearly ad­vanc­ing in the right di­rec­tion

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lhadon

The In­ter­na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Day was ob­served on 9th De­cem­ber themed “Break­ing the Cor­rup­tion Chain “in the cap­i­tal.

In 2014, Bhutan’s par­lia­ment took a mo­men­tous step by ap­prov­ing the Anti-Cor­rup­tion’s pro­posal to rat­ify the United Na­tion Con­ver- sa­tion against Cor­rup­tion in or­der to fol­low the in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices when it comes to fight cor­rup­tion.

“This is a mile­stone to en­sure that Bhutan’s le­gal anti-cor­rup­tion frame­works are in line with in­ter­na­tional good prac­tice.” said UN Deputy Res­i­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Niamh Col­lier Smith dur­ing the func­tion.

The day serves as an oc­ca­sion to raise aware­ness on cor­rup­tion is­sues and to pro­mote an­ti­cor­rup­tion pro­grams world­wide. Miss Smith also said, “The ACC has been in­stru­men­tal not only in ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion but also in es­tab­lish­ing ac­count­abil­ity

and ethics.”

She also thanked UN for sup­port­ing “My World Sur­vey,” where peo­ple across the world were asked to vote for is­sues the peo­ple think are the most im­por­tant for them in or­der of pri­or­ity.

“An hon­est and re­spon­sive gov­ern­ment,” she said be­cause out of 8.5 mil­lion peo­ple voted in global sur­vey which 2,600 are from Bhutan and it was con­sid­ered that 55 per­cent of Bhutanese are re­spon­dents.

Miss Smith said that in Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional’s Cor­rup­tion Per­cep­tion In­dex rank­ing in 2006, its score has im­proved over the years. Bhutan has moved up from the 49th po­si­tion in 2009 to be­ing ranked as the 30th least cor­rupt coun­tries in 2014 out of 177 coun­tries whereas in the Asia-Pa­cific, Bhutan is 6th least cor­rupt coun­try.

Bhutan Trans­parency Ini­tia­tive also or­ga­nized a de­bate to cre­ate aware­ness on cor­rup­tion ti­tled ‘we are all re­spon­si­ble for cor­rup­tion.

One of the par­tic­i­pants strik­ingly said that cor­rup­tion is when com­mon peo­ple are aware of the cor­rup­tion go­ing around and yet they fail to re­port adding that those peo­ple are also no bet­ter than the cul­prits.

Niamh Col­lier Smith cited UN doc­u­ment, the ju­di­ciary is per­ceived as the most cor­rup­tion­prone sec­tor af­ter po­lice. Cor­rup­tion, bribery, theft and tax eva­sion cost about USD 1.26 tril­lion for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

In a mes­sage the Chair­per­son of the Anti – Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion said that cor­rup­tion is a so­cial men­ace that af­fects all sec­tions of so­ci­ety. The cul­ture of com­pla­cency and tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion must no longer have a place in our so­ci­ety. She called for each and ev­ery one to act proac­tively and do so with in­tegrity at all times.

She urged for col­lab­o­ra­tion to en­cour­age eth­i­cal be­hav­ior and build a cul­ture of in­tegrity.

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