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Global Anti-Graft Group Ranks Burma Third Worst Corruption Nation - 2003-10-09


A new global corruption report ranks Burma the third in the world's most corruption nations. It means that corruption is rampant in the country and that there is no transparency in official affairs of governing the country.

The report, issued October 7 by Transparency International - an anti-graft group based in Berlin, Germany - gives levels of corruption in 133 countries with Bangladesh the most corrupt nation in the world for the third year in a row. The group ranks Burma 129th and Indonesia 122nd on the list.

Lisa Takeda, Director of East Asia Affairs of the Transparency International, told VOA Burmese Service that funding that comes into the hands of the Burmese government from foreign financial investment and from inside the country is unaccounted for. Most of the funds, she says, go into the pocket of the military or the Burmese government officials. She says that investments and aids have almost stopped because of the rampant corruption in the country. She gives suggestions on how to improve the situation in Burma.

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