Lebanon Ranks 127th in 2013 Corruption Perception Index
We all know that corruption and red tape are great obstacles facing businesses (foreign and local) and hindering economic growth. To file practically any permit, a separate budget is often taken for-granted in order to hand the hard-working government employee his cut of the deal. While the system can work easily without the bribe, but the paperwork that usually takes 15 minutes to stamp and approve will take a remorse-less 14 days to rot in a drawer along with the rest of the incapable masses.
Corruption is the outcome of abusing the system and the lack of government vigilance, attention, and will to change the status quo. In the end, the bribe given to any employee will be divided across the chain, each enjoying a piece of this sinful pie that keeps their mouths chewing and not snitching. It has come to such extent that servicemen are showing up on scheduled bases in order to collect their cut. It is true that we live in a taxable heaven.
It is with shame that we hear daily stories about such incidents and from different sectors of the private and public sectors. Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perception Index that aims to spread awareness on global corruption, especially when two-thirds of 177 countries fell below the passing grade. It is the most reliable corruption index and the widely used in the world.
While neighboring Syria ranked 168th, making it the top 9th country in terms of corruption, Lebanon ranked 127th with a score of 28, down from 30 last year. Despite falling 2 points since last year, Lebanon is actually 17 ranks behind the most corrupt country (Somalia, North Korea, Afghanistan) since multiple ranks are assigned to different countries having the same score.
Several initiatives were created in order to mitigate corruption, but accountability remains absent in a government that neglects the needs of its people.
As one writer says, “…Who will guard the guards?”
Here’s is an interactive infographic showing the rest of the world and where each country stands: