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Corruption - the biggest pest?

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Who most needs to take action against corruption?

The government of the country with the corrupt officials
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20%
The government of the country with the bribing companies
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Both governments are equally responsible
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80%
Neither - it should be left to market forces
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No votes
Other (please comment below)
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Total votes : 5

Corruption - the biggest pest?

Postby Dave » Tue 15 Jul 2003 13:55 GMT

British Expat newsletter 16 July 2003 wrote:Corruption is commonly seen to be widespread in India - it came 71st out of 102 countries in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index - the lower the ranking, the more corrupt - for 2002. (The UK came 10th, if you're interested. Finland was first.) Public servants who get caught taking bribes are suspended from their jobs and get little help from anyone. But it now seems that some of them at least - a bunch of motor vehicle inspectors - are getting together in a kind of self-help co-operative to support those being hassled by the Anti-Corruption Bureau. Over the last few months, inspectors have been found possessing assets worth between £80,000 and over £130,000 - way beyond what they could have earned from their jobs.

It's tempting to dismiss corrupt civil servants as a plague on society who ought to be banged up and the key thrown away. But three things at least are worth bearing in mind. One is that many societies have a longstanding tradition of offering small gifts and favours as a core part of conducting business - including within government. The second is that public servants in many countries are paid appallingly badly (senior executives in some of India's biggest public sector companies receive roughly the same as some of the unskilled workers in the best-paying equivalent private sector companies). The third is that foreign companies are often only too willing to pay bribes if it means beating a rival company to a lucrative contract. Another Transparency International index, the Bribe Payers Survey 2002, sampled opinions from businesses and commercial organisations in 15 leading countries involved in trade and investment with multinational companies from 21 countries. UK companies were perceived to have got slightly worse (ie more likely to bribe) since 1999 and came eighth overall out of the 21 - again, the lower the ranking the more likely to bribe. Interestingly, the UK government was identified as one of the top three most likely to use other unfair means to gain business advantages, beaten only by France and (by over half of respondents) the US.

What do you think? Is it up to the countries with corrupt public officials to stamp out the scourge? Should the home countries of the bribing companies do more to rein in sharp practice? Or is all fair in love, war and business?
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Re: Corruption - the biggest pest?

Postby días-idílicos » Thu 17 Jul 2003 23:03 GMT

DrDaveHPP wrote:
British Expat newsletter 16 July 2003 wrote:It's tempting to dismiss corrupt civil servants as a plague on society who ought to be banged up and the key thrown away. But three things at least are worth bearing in mind. One is that many societies have a longstanding tradition of offering small gifts and favours as a core part of conducting business - including within government. The second is that public servants in many countries are paid appallingly badly


Dave,

Was Spain listed?

It is interesting, because as you say, gratuities are a way of life in some countries (almost like a tip at a restuarant) and not always frowned apon... Spain being one. Although here most government positions are well paid, but if you want something done... well!!!.

Our local elections before last (4 years ago), the Catholic vicar stood down from the church to run for Mayor... now that's conviction :shock: ... the Mayors job, although basically unpaid, is very lucrative... strange that!. The vicar didn't get elected :roll:
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