Yet Another Corruption Perception Index – Transparency International’s mindless logic
A press conference is going to take place today in which the high and mighty, Syed Adil Gilani, Chairman of Transparency International Pakistan is going to thunder that “Pakistan 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index Score is 2.3 against 2.4 in 2009, and out of 178 countries, its ranking as most corrupt country has slipped 7 ranks, from 42 in 2009 to 34 most corrupt country in 2010.” I can imagine Ansar Abbasi’s tajziya on the matter in tomorrow’s Jang and The News. All will somehow be linked to the PPP government and more importantly the man they love to hate most- the President of Pakistan.
According to the Press Release that has been posted on the TI Pakistan website: “Political will of the government to fight Corruption is lacking which has resulted
in the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take Suo Moto action against mega corruption in NICL, Pakistan Steel, Rental Power Plants. The CPI 2010 reveals that corruption in Pakistan is increasing, while in Bangladesh it is decreasing. Bangladesh was perceived to be the most corrupt country in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and its ranking in 2010 is 39 most corrupt country.”
So far so good, but somehow the facts being mentioned by Adil Gilani do not meet the eye:
The direct impact of increased Corruption is witnessed in the rise in the prices of food commodities which according to the latest official data of Federal Bureau of Statistics, have increased up to 120 percent in last one year viz. sugar from Rs 54 to Rs 80, pulses from Rs 50 to Rs 110, eggs from Rs 35 to Rs 60, and the Foreign Direct Investment for the fiscal year 2009-2010 dropped to US $ 2.21 billion from US$ 3.71 billion in FY 2008-2009, and in July-Sept 2010 it is further dropped to US$ 387.4 million ( 68% of last year). Foreign debt on Pakistan increased from US $ 40 Billion in 1999 to US $ 46 billion in 2008, whereas in last two years it has increased to US $ 53.5 billion.
May I dare ask the Transparent chairman, how in the world prices of food commodities are linked with corruption? Are governments overcharging the prices of sugar, eggs and pulses causing the prices to go higher? May I also ask him that even though he has pointed out that FDI has gone down what about Foreign Portfolio Investment? Why has it gone up in 2009 and 2010? What about the element of fall of PKR against the USD? Don’t you think that if the GDP growth in rupee terms was 4.1%, in USD terms it’s going to be lower? Since April 2008, PKR has fallen nearly 30% against the USD. The impact of translational losses have been enormous on our foreign debt. According to the Economic Survey 2009-10, since 1993, Pakistan has suffered an average translational loss (caused by the change in currency values) of approximately $248 million per year on our foreign debt. This means that every year because of our currency’s movement against the dollar, our foreign debt goes up by $248 million. The same has been very high since 2001 with a peak of $3.1 billion in translational losses suffered in FY08.
In any case those who want to lambast the government for being corrupt, they will keep on doing. Let them do it. But they must also see this program before they can vouch for the credentials of Adil Gilani! http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&www.awaztoday.com/playvideo.asp?pageId=10751
What is sad is that inflation, increase in foreign debt, and GDP growth have all been linked to corruption without realizing that unless you have peace and stability in the country, you cant achieve any of the goals!
Opacity of Transparency International Pakistan – by Imran Khan
A critical analysis of Adil Gilani’s National Corruption Perception Survey 2010 – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi
Adil Gilani and his Transparency International Pakistan must be transparent about their political agenda – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi
Transparency International 2009 Report on Pakistan: An Analysis
just want to make a point that this a survey/report of “perception” of corruption in Pakistan.
i hope when some one reading this report/survey keep the following points in mind
1- its a perceptions which not necessarily means a reality
2- its a report/survey about Pakistan not about government of Pakistan
Just to add an point here is the list of ranks of preception of corruptions in pakistan year wise.
this is from the same report and their website.
یعنی کہ پاکستان میں کرپشن نہیں ہورہی یا کم ہوگئءی ہے۔
یار عبدل انکھیں بند کرنے اور اندھیرے کو روشنی کہنے اور رات کو دن کہنے کی بھی ایک حد ہوتی ہے۔
اس بات کا تمہیں بھی اندازہ ہے کہ اس وقت اوپر سے نیچے اور نیچے سے اوپر کرپشن کا کیا عالم ہے۔ نچلی سطح پر جو کرپشن ہورہی اسکی نہ روکنا اور ہونے دینا بھی ایک کرپشن ہے۔
@Kashif, have you ever heard Adil Gilani? He is only pasting reports from here and there without any facts! Aap batayen kay daal kee keemat ka corruption say kya taaluq hay?
Also, maybe you dont know Adil Gilani was an employee of KPT. There was an investigation against him on bad unwani and when a golden shakehand was offered, he just took it and went away!
Chor machaye shor nahee hona chahiye!
I don’t know about Adil Gilani, we may be corrupted as well, but I know that corruption is at its top
Unfortunately all of us are corrupted some are more and some are less and just those who haven’t got opportunity so far to do corruption are free from corruption.
People now think that corruption is there birth right.
Just Zaradari and Nawaz are not corrupted but from the top to the bottom every one is corrupted and govt and the people both are responsible.
Do you agree with the story created by Transparency International that prices of commodities has risen because of corruption and because of corruption GDP growth is low? Come on! Go to India, China, Turkey, Brazil, Russia – all the centers of global investment. All of the managers sell their connections with government officials. There is a reason for that. Government related facilities like land, concessions, mandates are at a price lower than private sector. By providing investors access to the “cheap” assets is how they sell a story!!!!
Do you know ONGC, India’s equivalent of our OGDC trades in the market at a PE of 15 times whereas our OGDC trades at 9.5 times. It basically means that investor wants to pay a premium for India and not for Pakistan! This is just one example on one variable. There are other things to compare too.
So all I want to say is that perception is what you show to the world. You need to be cognizant of what will happen with noise you make
Federal Law Minister Babar Awan has rejected the corruption report submitted by Transparency International on Pakistan.
The report, released on Tuesday, said that Pakistan ranks 34th in the world’s most corrupt nations.
Speaking to the media in Lahore, Awan said that Transparency International is a paper organization, which has no credibility in the matter.
Terming the report a drone attack on Pakistan’s economy, he said it is aimed at destabilizing the country.
He alleged that TI chairman Adil Gilani is a member of the Task Force established by Takht-e-Lahore