CPI 2006 released… and the indication is not good

6 Nov, '06

We’re floundering around the same position we were classified at for 3 or 4 years as far as ranking is concerned, but the actual score is edging southward this year:

CPI index 2005 and 2006

To go back in history a bit: in 2003 we scored a respectable 6.1, in 2004 that went down to 5.8, ranking 34, last year we slipped to 36 with a score of 5.8 again, and this year 5.7 while retaining our world-wide ranking.

The EDB has one heck of job on its hands, at least to staunch the bleeding for now and so does the whole government. Because without correcting this situation and increasing our CPI score in the immediate future, we can probably forget about development, foreign direct investment, reducing unemployment, and all the other tenets of a good economy. Which reminds me, a parliament with a good sense of economy and objective and scientific management goals would help tremendously, in fact it will be the major factor in correcting this situation.

Of course if they repeat the previous parliament’s “achievements” (Ninja driving, allowing the military and the police to grow their beards, Nancy Ajram banning, Gatherings Law, Press & Publications Law, Terrorism Law, reductions in personal freedoms and freedoms of speech, etc.) then we shouldn’t really care about these metrics, as we will need a hell of a lot more than that to get out of the hole we dug for ourselves, if we are ever to do that, that is.

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  1. Blabbercamel » -LIES- | 13 Dec, '06
  1. amal says:

    I agree with you, Mahmood, unless the new MPs are competent, willing and active enough to make a change, we won’t just go nowhere, but we shall also score even lower next year.
    If it were left to whose hands it is in now, the situation will aggravate. Our ministries, above all, need a major shake..

  2. Akkad says:

    It’s all over; 360 degrees, wherever you turned your campus pointer.

    One member of the now outgone Parliament Reps even had the cheek to say in the local press that Bahrain occupied a high ranking when it came to transparency. Whether he was showing his lethal ignorance, his known hard-skinship, or a whole blend of utter inaptitude is your good guess as it is mine.

    Shaurrul Baliyati Mayud Hik (the worst of all disaters are those which prompt a thundring and sudden loughter), the Arabic saying goes, which that ‘MP”s saying triggered in me when I read it.

    But my guess is that he is not alone in his presumed ignorance of what standards of transparency are observed, strived for or maintained by other nations. I put it at a very high percentage of our population. The article you wrote yesterday touches upon some other reasons needing to be addressed. To stop the sedative and now outmoded and outdated mouth pieces, the article cried, loud and clear. I also agree with you in that.

    But, I am more interested in a postive demino effect taking place soon. Becuase no isolated success, even if achieved here or there, now or hereafter is good enough, for it would flownder under attack of being unsustained by continuous support and example of better results elsewhere, but within the same realm. For that you want to deal with inertia and the old guard.

    I won’t bore more you and the rest of the friends with my whining on this matter (my favourite). Every one can figure out a doezen reasons or can recall more from their own short memories and week-old observations, I just realised. I beg your pardon.

    Have a nice transparent living.

  3. Darth says:

    Honestly, although I’m a staunch supporter of almost everything transparent (Everything in our National Interest) but Qatar is to Corruption, what Gotti was to the Mafia. I mean they may lead the area in production of Gas but if they didn’t have so much money to cover up everything it would be more obvious. So I obviously look at the CPI itself with some reservation. The EDB pointed out that Access to Capital, and Land are among the biggest barriers to investment based on a survey of the private sector, but if you look at the bigger picture Access to Information is honestly the most difficult thing – But with all this said lets not compare ourself to the GCC we are honestly much better than them in this regard and we have to give credit where credit is due. The only issue is that our aspirations are much higher than this region.

  4. Akkad says:

    Darth, I would say that even if it were true that we were more transparent, we should not compare ourselves to whom we should not be like, especially as they have more money and other natural resources than we have, that enable them to be more comfortable in real and preceived terms – for much longer than we can.

  5. a Duoist says:

    Our CPI for the United States slipped several notches this year, mostly related to huge scandals in the corporate sector. Fortunately, the miscreants were caught by the free market, and the market’s judgment was brutal and swift, while the justice system worked at a more deliberate and impartial pace. The lengthy time some of these men will now spend in prison is but a small measure of the smash they made to their families, and to their reputations.

    Thank god for a free press!

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