On the Money Trail - Jan. 17

by Luke Balleny | http://www.twitter.com/LBalleny | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 17 January 2014 16:35 GMT
Corruption in the news

WASHINGTON - Fifteen countries currently at war against an external enemy or internal insurrection have an average ranking on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index of 150 (the CPI ranks 175 countries). Two of them - Somalia and Afghanistan - are tied for last place at 175.  Does corruption cause wars, the FCPA Blog asks.

NEW DELHI – The vice president of Congress, India’s ruling party, has called for six anti-corruption bills to be passed in the next three months, India’s Business Standard reports. "We want to give the country anti-graft bills which will transform the country, punish the corrupt and protect the honest," the newspaper quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying. The bills are the following: The Public Procurement Bill, The Prevention of Corruption Act (Amendment) Bill, The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, The Electronic Delivery of Services Bill, The Right of Citizens for Time-bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill and The Whistleblowers Protection Bill.

JAKARTA – Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan signed an anti-corruption memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) head Hadi Pramono in Jakarta on Friday, with the aim of stating the ministry's commitment to transparency in every project tendered by state-owned enterprises, The Jakarta Post reports. “Detailed information of every project tender to be held in the future will be shared with the BPK, including which parties are related to the project tender, the payment system, etc. This policy will be implemented as soon as possible,” Dahlan was quoted as saying.

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