Lanka scores low marks in corruption index

  • 27 Sep 2007 06:36:58 GMT

    Police is making loads of money from bars and restaurants that can not afford to pay the exorbitant fees for a liquor license.

    Also some estimated 45.000 illegal sex workers may contribute to the wealth of some police officers.

    http://www.youandaids.org/Asia%20Pacific%20at%20a%20Glance/SriLanka/index.asp

  • 27 Sep 2007 06:58:58 GMT

    Wick, are you waiting for a chance to bash India ? Inspite of its 72nd place in the corruption list, see how Indian economy is doing ? Rupee at its highest level against USD.

    Stock market crossed 17,000 mark. I agree that corruption cannot be eliminated from developing countries. If someone says that he can stop corruption, he is banging against the wall. We can only try to minimise corruption. If the economy is doing well and standard of living improves, probably people will have less reason to engage in corruption and make illegal money. You cant really blame a clerk who takes Rs 500/- to do a job for you. In principle he may be a good guy and due to circumstance he is forced to earn such extra money.

  • 27 Sep 2007 07:05:20 GMT

    [ Indian Rupee at its highest level against USD. ]

    Sri Lankan Rupee is producing all time lows against the USD and corruption is further increasing.

  • 27 Sep 2007 12:20:21 GMT

    Any public servant in China found guilty of taking or demanding bribes will be executed by firing squad.

    Until such harsh punishments are restored in SL, nothing will happen and it will actually be even more corrupt when the next AI index comes along.

    But the key question is why does the West always rank better when it comes to bribery/corruption? Their public servants (for that matter, every employee) are well-paid and everyone has a high standard of life so there is no need to earn a few extra bucks by illegal means. Until such time (here`s hopeful thinking) employees in SL can afford the basic amenities in life using their legally-earned money, bribery and corruption will prevail, sadly.

  • 27 Sep 2007 12:30:59 GMT

    In SL, sprats are caught and punished for corruption and the big sharks jump through the net

  • 27 Sep 2007 13:00:56 GMT

    Disgraceful is a better word!

  • 27 Sep 2007 14:44:20 GMT

    FigersRtucked, No friend it is other way about.

  • 27 Sep 2007 14:52:47 GMT

    Sideharth & freedom1 [Sri Lanka rupee producing all time lows against the USD and corruption is further increasing.]

    From where you guys learned your economics?

    Rupee gets depreciated because our imports are very much higher than exports.

    Our imports are very much higher because we got entangled with a war and

    bloody JR`s open economy changed our lifestyle.

  • 27 Sep 2007 16:16:56 GMT

    [Rupee gets depreciated because our imports are very much higher than exports. ]

    The MAIN REASON for the depraciation of the Rupee at SUCH a dramtic rate is because of the Massive printing of money by the govt. I have seen figures as much as 30 BILLION Rs last year to finance the PLUNDER and corruption. The war has been going on for the past 20 years but the rupee never depreciated at this rate.

    [bloody JR`s open economy changed our lifestyle. ]

    Its because of Bloody JRs open economy that we at least export what we export. If it wasnt for the FTZs, Colombo port, Tourism - we would still be living in Water holes in Hambanthota - then again some still do that! :). The ENTIRE world except for a few countries like North Korea has accepted the open economy and life styles have changed every where. One only has to go to Indian Cities like Bangolre and Hydrabath to see what changing life styles mean.

    Only a Buffalo in water hole in Hanbanthota thinks they cant stay the same with out changing.

  • 27 Sep 2007 21:04:23 GMT

    Wick,

    1.

    GOSL does everything to discourage investors and producers with corruption, taxes, beaurocracy etc..

    2.

    Since years the trade deficit is mainly caused by oil imports and the inflated Rupee caused by irresponsible money printing and the downfall of tourism.

    GOSL has failed to reduce oil imports by proper exhaust and engine controls and by not having set up a public transport system that could match the needs of a regular society.