The National Day vow
The International Anti corruption day was celebrated last Wednesday with the theme break the corruption chain. Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.
The secretary general of UN has stressed the need for the global attitudes towards corruption that have changed dramatically.
The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty and ensure lives of dignity for all, recognizes the need to fight corruption in all its aspects and calls for significant reductions in illicit financial flows as well as for the recovery of stolen assets.
The United Nations Convention against Corruption provides a comprehensive platform for governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and individual citizens. Through prevention, criminalization, international cooperation and assets recovery, the Convention advances global progress toward ending corruption.
In case of Bhutan as per Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 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. In the Asia-Pacific, Bhutan is the 6th least corrupt country.
Last year the National Assembly of Bhutan also approved the Anti-Corruption Commission’s proposal to ratify the UN Convention against Corruption. This is a milestone to ensure that Bhutan’s legal anti-corruption frameworks are in line with international good practice.
As per the UNDP assessment of Bhutan’s integrity infrastructure from last year found that curbing out corruption requires that high-level officials in both the executive and legislative branches are sensitized on their obligations to set the example for others. Globally, the judiciary is perceived by the public as being the most corruptionprone sector after the police.
As we take note of the above it becomes important what His Majesty the King said during the National Day speech last year.. His Majesty the King was deeply concerned about the corruption creeping into our society and said that the greatest risk for national development would be posed by corruption if it is left unchecked.
He said when the corrupt are not held to account those who observe diligence, work hard and professionally are most likely to be discouraged. Corruption must be curtailed and more than ever before and extraordinary service must be recognized and rewarded.
As we move forward to celebrate the 108th National Day this week, remember what our great leader had said and if you follow what he had said, it is the best way to pay our homage and respect to our Great King.