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More than half of Nepal's GDP is corrupt, claims report

A global report on transparency and corruption has delivered a damning assessment of commercial activities in Nepal.

  • Nepal
  • March 7, 2012
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More than half of Nepal's GDP comes from corruption and the informal economy, this according to the 2011 report by Transparency International of 178 nations. Graft and corruption are up in Asia. Transparency International's recently published Corruption Perception Index shows that 33 per cent of South Asians were made to pay bribes, whilst 62 percent of them believe that the corruption situation had gone worse in the last three years. It also suggests that people have come to tolerate it.

The report surveyed economic experts and international organisations like the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the European Union to measure perceptions of corruption among public officials. At the bottom of the list with the highest level of corruption are Somalia, North Korea, Myanmar and Afghanistan. Between 2010 and 2011, Nepal lost eight places, dropping from 146th to 154th.

Former senior Nepali bureaucrat Bhojraj Pokharel says corruption in Nepal is largely due to too much interference by the Maoist government in the economy. For ideological reasons, the government limits the right to do business, enforcing absurd red tape, especially for foreign companies. To get things expedited, bribes have to be paid. Unions are used to blackmail businesses in order to protect Maoists' personal interests.

Full Story: More than half of Nepal's GDP comes from corruption, informal economy

Source: AsiaNews.it
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