Da Financial Times del 19/10/2005
Originale su http://news.ft.com/cms/s/f8962e48-403d-11da-8394-00000e2511c8.html

Corruption watchdog issues warning on 'severe'debt risk

di Alison Maitland

London - There is a severe risk that money freed by debt relief for some of the world's poorest countries will be lost to corruption, Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, warned yesterday.

Announcing its annual index of corruption worldwide, TI said all 19 countries set to gain relief on debts owed to the World Bank, the IMF and the African Development Bank had serious to severe levels of corruption.

"These countries still face the grave risk that money freed from debt payments now entering national budgets will be forfeited to greed, waste or mismanagement," TI said.

Most of the 19 countries that qualified for relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries programme are in Africa, with the rest in Latin America.

Some rich countries on the IMF's board raised concerns that some HIPC countries were deviating from their IMF reform programmes when the Group of Seven announced further debt relief this summer.

TI insisted, however, that poor scores should not be taken by donors as a signal to withdraw or withhold assistance from developing nations. Instead, donors should combine increased aid with support for anti- corruption measures by recipient countries, which, experience had shown, could reduce corruption.

"Government leaders have to address corruption so that aid is freed up for its intended purpose," said David Nussbaum, TI chief executive.

The organisation also called on western countries to help ensure that multinational companies did not engage in or assist corrupt practices.

Chandrashekhar Krishnan, executive director of TI in the UK, contrasted overseas development assistance (ODA) with the flight of capital from Africa each year that was deposited in financial institutions in Switzerland, the US and UK.

ODA commitments by members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development were due to reach nearly $130bn (€108bn, £72bn) in 2010, he said. By contrast, more than $150bn left Africa in capital flight each year.

Iceland, Finland and New Zealand emerged as the cleanest countries in this year's index, which measures business people's and analysts'perceptions of corruption among public officials and politicians.

Chad had the worst score among the record 159 countries included this year, followed by Bangladesh, Turkmenistan, Burma and Haiti, which are among the poorest countries in the world.

Perceptions of corruption in Bulgaria, Colombia and Estonia have decreased over the past decade, while they have increased in Canada and Ireland. Although ranked as the sixth most corrupt country in the index, Nigeria's score improved.

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