Arab countries urged to adopt anti-corruption policies: APPAC


Identifying weak spots would eventually lead to realizing responsibilities parliamentarians must shoulder, especially regarding the deterioration in utilizing more solemn manners of combating corruption, ARPAC Chairman and Kuwaiti MP Dr. Nasser Al-Sane’a told KUNA.

His remark came on the juncture of the World Bank (WB) issuing a report on Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), as the Beirut-based ARPAC urged Arab countries in a statement it issued today to yield more efforts in limiting corruption among its government and parliamentary bodies.

The report was on the latest update of WGI research project, covering 212 countries and territories and measuring six dimensions of governance between 1996 and 2006.

These dimensions included voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and control of corruption.

The report indicated that in the Middle East and North Africa regions, where most Arab countries situate, and in the dimension of voice and accountability, scored 26.2 percent, compared to 90.6 percent in the G-8 countries.

As for political stability and absence of violence, the two regions scored 34.8, exceeding percentage of the South Asian region of 26.8.

In government effectiveness, the report indicated that the Mideast-North African region scored 46.5 percent, while in the dimension of regularity quality it scored 44.5 percent.

Furthermore, and in the rule of law dimension, the two regions scored 44.5 percent, whereas in the last and most important dimension of control of corruption, the pan-Arab region scored 51 percent, over and above Africa that scored 30 percent and South Asia with 34 percent.


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