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Taiwan expected to score high in anti-graft index
Publication Date : 29-01-2013
Taiwan is expected to score high in a Government Defence Anti-corruption Index (GDAI) survey scheduled to be made public today in Taipei, the Central News Agency (CNA) quoted sources as saying yesterday.
The GDAI, complied by the Berlin-based nongovernmental organisation Transparency International (TI), measures the risk of corruption in defence establishments in 82 countries, including Taiwan.
According to TI's Taiwan branch, the GDAI is the first of its kind, and the survey provides a detailed analysis of corruption-related issues facing defence establishments around the world.
The results are based on a comprehensive questionnaire of 77 questions, each with “model” answers, TI-Taiwan said.
The aim of the index is to provide defence officials with practical guidance on how to build integrity and reduce the risk of corruption, and to provide civil society with a tool to monitor reform progress, it added.
The index ranks each country from A to F, with A reflecting very low defence corruption risk and F reflecting a critically high risk level.
The results are also disaggregated into five key risk areas: Political, Financial, Operations, Personnel, and Procurement Risk.
The CNA report said TI previously sent its anti-corruption expert Mark Pyman to Taiwan in May, 2012 to review the nation's progress and achievements in the field.
Pyman left with a favourable impression of Taiwan, sources told the CNA.
The fact that TI is choosing to make public its debut GDAI survey in Taipei also shows that Taiwan's anti-corruption efforts are paying off, the source said.
TI is a nongovernmental organisation that monitors and publicises corporate and political corruption.