Say no to Cor­rup­tion

Southasia - - Briefing -

The World Eco­nomic Fo­rum has found cor­rup­tion to pose a ma­jor threat to the Bangladeshi govern­ment in the com­ing years. The ob­ser­va­tion came as Bangladesh slipped by one rung in the Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness In­dex in 2011 to rank 108th due to in­ad­e­quate in­fra­struc­ture, in­ef­fi­cient bureau­cracy and cor­rup­tion.

Bangladesh’s GCI score has in­creased by 2.5 per­cent, but the coun­try lost a place fur­ther on the lad­der in the sur­vey of 142 coun­tries, while other coun­tries ad­vanced,

ac­cord­ing to the re­port re­leased by the Cen­tre for Pol­icy Di­a­logue, the Bangladesh part­ner of World Eco­nomic Fo­rum.

“Although pos­i­tive changes were dis­cerned un­der dif­fer­ent in­di­ca­tors, these changes were in­signif­i­cant to cre­ate enough forces to run the wheel of the econ­omy at re­quired pace,” it said.

The sur­vey found that in­ad­e­quate sup­ply of in­fra­struc­ture re­mained at the top as the prob­lem fac­tor, while cor­rup­tion came sec­ond and in­ef­fi­cient govern­ment bureau­cracy came third.

Weak func­tion­ing of Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and en­act­ment of new laws with lit­tle power to take ac­tion in­de­pen­dently are ma­jor short­falls, the re­port noted.

The re­port said Bangladesh should place first and most im­por­tant fo­cus on in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, cre­at­ing pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, re­duc­ing cor­rup­tion and hu­man re­sources de­vel­op­ment in or­der to en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity, whereas strong po­lit­i­cal stand is re­quired against cor­rup­tion, waste­ful or de­layed pub­lic spend­ing and lo­cal govern­ment sys­tem re­quires strength­en­ing, it as­serted.

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