CPI 2016: Bangladesh slightly improves scores and ranking
Strong political will is imperative to control corruption in the country- TIB urges
Coinciding with the global dissemination, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today released the CPI results of Bangladesh through a press conference held at its head office in Dhanmondi this morning. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Chair, Board of Trustees of TIB; TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman; TIB Trustee Board Members M Hafizuddin Khan and Ali Imam Mazumder; and Professor Dr. Sumaiya Khair, TIB Deputy Executive Director were present.
Dr. Zaman also pointed out that corruption is a global problem and no country or territory has scored 100 percent since CPI started in 1995. According to the findings of CPI 2016, Denmark and New Zealand performed best with scores of 90, closely followed by Finland (89) and Sweden (88). For the tenth year running, Somalia is the worst performer on the index, scoring only 10 this year. South Sudan is second from the bottom with a score of 11, followed by North Korea (12) and Syria (13).
CPI is generated on the basis of data collected from multiple reputable sources (there were 13 sources for CPI 2016). This year's data for Bangladesh were collected from seven sources: Economist Intelligence Unit Country Risk Ratings, Global Insight Country Risk Ratings, Political Risk Services International Country Risk Guide, World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment, World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey, World Justice Project Rule of Law Index and Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index. No nationally generated data, including TI or TIB’s research or that of any other national chapter of TI is considered for the CPI. Unlike TI chapters of other countries, TI Bangladesh releases corruption perception index only.
It is also shared in the press conference that due to lack of precise idea about CPI, sometimes wrong clarification like `Bangladesh is corrupted or all the people of Bangladesh practices corruption’- are provided. Though corruption is the hardest impediment on the way of achieving economic growth, poverty eradication- above all sustainable development goals, however its mass people are not corrupted in reality. They are vulnerable and victim only. They can’t be labelled corrupted at all for the corruption of the powerful people and the failure of the leadership of the country and relevant organizations in protesting that corruption.
Citing this year’s CPI, Advocate Sultana Kamal said, “it is comforting that we have slightly improve in terms of ranking and position from bottom. However, we cannot be complacent as we have not reached the satisfactory level yet.”
According to CPI 2016, the overall global performance has worsened. About 69 per cent of the 176 countries scored below 50 in CPI 2016. The biggest decliners this year are: Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi-Arabia, Cyprus, Lesotho, Jordan, Syria, Macedonia, Mexico, South Sudan, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Mauritania, Central African Republic, Netherlands, Mozambique, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, Yemen and Djibouti. The biggest improvers this year are: Suriname, Belarus, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Guyana, Georgia, Laos, Argentina, North Korea, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Turkmenistan, Sao Tome and Principe and Afghanistan.