Corruption Perception Index 2003.. we’ve got a ways to go still

25 May, '04

According to the CPI, Finland was ranked as the country that has the least corrupt civil service and was given a score of 9.7 out of a perfect score of 10. Iceland, Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland were close behind. Bangladesh and Nigeria, in contrast, were found to have the highest level of corruption among the 91 countries on the list. Among the Arab countries Oman ranked highest with a score of 6.3, just below Israel at 7, followed by Bahrain (6.1), Qatar (5.6), Kuwait (5.3), UAE (5.2), Tunisia (4.9) and Jordan (4.6). Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Algeria, Yemen and Libya followed in that order scoring below the average for the Arab countries of 3.9 out of 10.

Daily Star :: Corruption is a serious obstacle to development in the region
Supporting data & report: Internet Center for Corruption Research sponsored by Transaprency International

Israel: 7
Oman: 6.3
Bahrain: 6.1
Qatar: 5.6
Kuwait: 5.3
UAE: 5.2
Tunisia: 4.9
Jordan: 4.6
Saudi Arabia: 4.5
Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Algeria, Yemen and Libya < 3.9Fascinating. Bahrain scored better than the rest of the Gulf except for Oman, yet investors are turning away. why is that? And what are the recommendations for us to be even better in the future?The recommendations don't need an Einstein to discover:(1) free media unhindered by government interference. The media has a major role in exposing corruption wherever it may be. (2) The freedom to organise civil bodies like unions, political parties, and economic and cultural societies.We've failed in both. The press is encumbered by archaic laws and regulations, and the civil societies like the Human Rights organisations are being labeled unpatriotic and classified as meddlesome thus threatened by closure and expulsion.The King has demonstrated his determination to keep his reform packages going and growing. He should now concentrate on repealing at least the archaic press laws and sponsor a true national reconciliation effort and dialogue to get us out of the political quick-sand we're in.For the press laws, we should learn from the developed world, while for reconciliation we should emulate the South African experience.Come on, let's get on with it before it's too late.

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  1. [deleted]0.31014800 1099323478.248 says:

    Resource curse theory.

    A high GDP from oil revenue can mask serious problems in a country’s economy, such as high unemployment. There is no incentive for the government to crack down on corruption, as long as oil money is flowing. Countries rich in oil can suffer, albeit in varying degrees, in economic development and political stability because of the very commodity that they see as their greatest hope. This is called the Dutch Disease or resource curse theory. Im not saying it is totally true in the Gulf but it is one viable explanation for the corruption that exists there.

    [Modified by: Insurgent (Insurgent) on May 25, 2004 02:58 PM]

  2. anonymous says:

    Re: Resource curse theory.

    I think the real issue is the stability of the middle class. In the Gulf, the middle class is getting smaller and smaller. And I think a large factor contributing to this is not corruption, but sheer demographics! The population growth in this part of the world is NOT sustainable in the long run ..

  3. [deleted]0.31014800 1099323478.248 says:

    Corruption & GDP

    Strong correlation between total GDP and corruption (in the GCC countrie):

    (1) Saudi Arabia: 4.5
    (2) UAE: 5.2
    (3) Kuwait: 5.3
    (4) Qatar: 5.6
    (5) Bahrain: 6.1
    (6) Oman: 6.3

    (1) Saudi Arabia $ 242,000,000,000
    (2) United Arab Emirates $ 53,000,000,000
    (3) Kuwait $ 34,200,000,000
    (4) Oman $ 22,400,000,000
    (5) Qatar $ 17,200,000,000
    (6) Bahrain $ 9,800,000,000

  4. anonymous says:

    Corruption Perception Index 2003.. we’ve got a ways to go still

    Insurgent ..

    What are you trying to say? The higher the GDP the higher the corrpuption? I dont think thats true. Perhaps you should look at GDP per local capita …

  5. Grst says:

    Corruption Perception Index 2003.. we’ve got a ways to go still

    You’re two recommendations are right on the money. As much as the media tends to piss me off, their freedom is completely neccessary to any open society that wishes to keep a check on its leaders.

  6. mahmood says:

    Re: Corruption Perception Index 2003.. we’ve got a ways to go still

    ha! well caught!

  7. mahmood says:

    Corrupution gallore

    Although what you say is correct, I *know* that corruption is one of the major factors this country(ies) are not going forward. In Bahrain for instance there are countless cases where you are discriminated against because of your sect, going so far as to invite foreign companies (from the UAE, Qatar, UK, etc) to bid against you and even if your solution is cheaper and better, they will find a way for the tender to go to them rather than you.

    And yes, I have experienced this personally and AM experiencing it today. I’ve worked on a project for a customer for 9 years and when they were convinced that I was correct and they need what I have, they go and invite foreign companies and open the doors (shut to me) and lay down the red-carpet…

    You can argue that this is a kind of discrimination rather than corruption, to me these distinctions are just symantics, nothing else.

  8. anonymous says:

    Re: Corrupution gallore

    OK. If by corruption you mean a lack of meritocracy (based on favoristism or sectarianism) – then I dont have an arguement with you there …

  9. mahmood says:

    Re(1): Corrupution gallore

    absolutely, corruption is not just backhanders and under the table dealing, it’s also nepotism, sectarianism, favouritism, lack of transparency…

  10. anonymous says:

    Corruption Perception Index 2003.. we’ve got a ways to go still

    You may have meant to write “Einstein” instead of “Eisenstein.”

    Eisenstein was a famous Russian filmmaker and early Soviet propagandist. His film, “Battleship Potemkin,” had a great influence on the development of film editing.

    Fwiw, this doesn’t matter. Your blog is great and you have a lot of fans.

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