Bhutan is clearly advancing in the right direction
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
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.