Skip to content

Editors

Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Survey: Corruption still plagues Asia, especially the poor

A survey in Asia by Transparency International found that just over one in four people had paid a bribe to access public services during the prior year.

That means about 900 million people had paid bribes in the surveyed countries.

TI talked to nearly 22,000 people from 16 countries and territories in the Asia Pacific region.

Overall, 38 percent of the poorest people surveyed said they had paid a bribe. That’s the highest proportion of any income group, TI said.

Nearly a third of the people in Asia reported that police had demanded a bribe during the past 12 months.

One in five people surveyed thought the level of corruption had decreased recently. Two in five said it had increased. A third said it hadn’t changed.

In China, nearly three-quarters of the people surveyed said corruption increased over the last three years.

TI said corruption undermines equitable and sustainable development in Asia and “distorts democratic processes and promotes private over public interests.”

José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International, said bribery “takes food off the table, it prevents education, it impedes proper healthcare, and ultimately it can kill.”

The full survey report is here.

____

Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog.

Share this post

LinkedIn
Facebook
Twitter

Comments are closed for this article!