Cor­rup­tion is en­emy we are fight­ing out: Kerry

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

HAMEED SHA­HEEN IS­LAM­ABAD—US Sec­re­tary of State Mr John Kerry has warned that “we are fight­ing a bat­tle, all of us, for our states, for our coun­tries, for our na­tion-state. Cor­rup­tion writ large is as muc of an en­emy, be­cause if desto­rys na­tion-states, as some of the ex­trem­ists we are fight­ing or some of the other chal­lenges that we have faced.

He ob­served this in his re­marks at the anti-cor­rup­tion sum­mit ple­nary in London Fri­day. British Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron and other dig­ni­taries were also present in the ple­nary ses­sion.

John Kerry said: ‘I have been shocked by the de­gree to which I find cor­rup­tion pan­demic in the world to­day. And it at­tacks all of our states, be­cause we’re left des­per­ately strug­gling to fig­ure out, okay, how are we go­ing to build a bridge, how are we go­ing to pro­vide health care, how are we go­ing to build those schools. We have hun­dreds of mil­lions of kids – 2 bil­lion chil­dren un­der the age of 15 – who’re go­ing to need to go to school’.

Liken­ing fi­nan­cial cor­rup­tion to a crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity he said lit­er­ally it is a de­stroyer of na­tion-states be­cause it con­trib­utes to drug traf­fick­ing, arms smug­gling; it con­trib­utes to hu­man traf­fick­ing; it be­comes the fa­cil­i­ta­tor of ac­tiv­i­ties that cre­ate sub-states – in some cases deep states – within states, and we’re left strug­gling, fight­ing. It is a con­trib­u­tor to ter­ror­ism, my friends, in many dif­fer­ent ways.

And the ex­trem­ism that we see in the world to­day comes in no small de­gree from the ut­ter ex­as­per­a­tion that peo­ple have with the sense that the sys­tem is rigged. And we see this anger man­i­fest­ing it­self in dif­fer­ent forms in elec­tions around the world, in­clud­ing ours. Peo­ple are an­gry and the anger is go­ing to grow un­less we shut the doors and try to prove to peo­ple there’s a fair­ness that can be es­tab­lished in the sys­tem. About leg­isla­tive at home the Sec­re­tary of State said that Pres­i­dent Obama just an­nounced – all 50 states, leg­is­la­tion will be put in place to re­quire trans­parency with re­spect to busi­nesses that are reg­is­tered there. We will in ad­di­tion en­gage in ad­di­tional ef­forts which were al­ready – we’re go­ing to put $70 mil­lion into ad­di­tional in­tegrity ini­tia­tive to help with lo­cal po­lice train­ing in or­der to help pro­vide ad­di­tional abil­ity for dig­i­tal – for in­ter­net trans­mis­sion of pay­ments, which re­duces the op­por­tu­nity for bribery and graft. And there are many dif­fer­ent things that we can do tech­no­log­i­cally to im­prove this.

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