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    Bangladesh's economists question corruption perception index

    Dhaka, Sept. 27 (PTI): Economists in Bangladesh today questioned Transparency International's methodology as the global corruption watchdog ranked Dhaka as the seventh most corrupt country in its annual Corruption Perception Index.

    The economists said TI did not include the broader perspective of corruption which could depict a realistic picture on the corruption situation as 90 per cent population of the country did not even have scopes to be involved in corruption.

    "I question the very methodology followed by Transparency International in judging the corruption of the country's elite," Abul Barakat, economics professor of Dhaka University, told the New Age.

    He said "If all factors relating to corruption were taken into consideration in comparison to other countries, Bangladesh's position would have been better in the index."

    Another economist Hossein Zillur Rahman, the executive chairman of the Power and Participation Research Centre, said the report was a "mere perception" and the method followed in preparing the index could not measure institutional corruption. "It is more important to look into the causes of corruption, to look at whole perspective," he said.

    Rahman, also regretted that Bangladesh was the only country where a "hue and cry" was being raised about the findings of such a report that is based on "perception only". Berlin-based TI yesterday released the corruption perception index ranking Bangladesh as the seventh most corrupt nation or the 162nd out of 180 countries this year.

    According to the index, Bangladesh remains at the bottom of the South Asian scorecard with India ranking as the 72nd, Pakistan 138th, Sri Lanka 94th, and Nepal the 131st least corrupt countries.



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